Sloane Stephens vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
|Date & Time||Thursday August 15, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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American tennis superstar, Sloane Stephens has made it into the third round at the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Masters. Sloane Stephens will now compete against Svetlana Kuznetsova for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Svetlana Kuznetsova has had a very good tournament as she has defeated two very talented players. Kuznetsova defeated Sevastova in the opening round and she followed that win by defeating Dayana Yastremska in the previous round. Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dayana Yastremska in 3 sets. It was a determined performance by Kuznetsova as she lost the opening set but fought back extremely well to win the final 2 sets and the match. During the victory, Svetlana Kuznetsova impressed with her receiving as she won 47% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. Svetlana Kuznetsova has looked in good touch but this is expected to be a tough match as she is playing against the number 8 seed.
Sloane Stephens had to fight hard in the previous round to win her match in 3 sets. Stephens lost the opening set 6-2 but fought back extremely well to win the final 2 sets and the match. Near the end of the match, Stephens looked to be hitting the ball well and that suggests that she is finding some decent form. The serving was the main highlight for Sloane Stephens as she won 7 return games. Playing on home soil, Sloane seems to be getting huge support and that should give her a boost as she enters this match.
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sloane Stephens have played each other 4 times in the past with Kuznetsova winning on 3 occasions and Stephens only winning once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 at Wimbledon where Svetlana Kuznetsova won in 3 sets. Sloane defeated Kuznetsova in 2015 at the Indian Wells Masters.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is a hugely accomplished player and she is playing well but I see her losing this match. Following her win in the opening round, Sloane Stephens looks to be finding some good form. Stephens will have the support of her home crowd and I see her having enough quality to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova and qualify for the quarterfinals.