Elina Svitolina vs. Sloane Stephens 2018 WTA Finals Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
Sloane Stephens vs. Elina Svitolina
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Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens meet in the final of the 2018 tennis WTA Finals.
Elina Svitolina is coming off a three sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Svitolina won 66 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina won 62 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on eight break points. Svitolina has now won back-to-back three set matches, but she’s coming off a performance in which she had 24 more unforced errors than winners. Svitolina has had a high number of errors in majority of her matches this tournament, something she must clean up in order to leave with the title. Svitolina looks to win her fourth title of the year and her 14th title of her career. Svitolina has won each of her last eight final appearances and is 8-2 in final appearances on hard court for her career. Svitolina has won four straight matches on indoor hard court.
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Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 48 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 49 percent of her total service points and produced seven breaks on 12 break points. Stephens managed to win a match despite losing the first set without winning a single game. Stephens serve continues to be extremely poor in this tournament, but she has produced a combined 26 breaks in her last four matches, which has saved her up to this point. Still, Stephens must serve better to improve her chances to win the title. Stephens hopes to win her second title of the year and her seventh title of her career. Stephens has lost her last two final appearances and is 5-1 in final appearances on hard court for her career. Stephens has won four of her last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Stephens has won two of those matches. The most recent match was in Montreal of this year, a match Stephens won in straight sets. Stephens is 2-0 against Svitolina on hard court, and her only loss against her came in 2014 in Charleston. All three matches have been decided in straight sets.
Neither of these players are in their best form, as Svitolina has piled up the unforced errors and has played three straight three set matches, while Stephens didn’t show up in the first set of her last match and has been horrible with her serve. It’s going to be a back and forth match and whoever can play the cleaner tennis will win. With that said, I give the edge to Stephens. She’s the feistier player who has had consistent success with her return. She may not serve well lately, but she’s putting tons of pressure on her return and finds a way to claw out a win. Stephens has also won both meetings against Svitolina on hard court.
Complete toss-up, but give me the American.