Sloane Stephens and Andrea Petkovic will do battle in one of Tuesday’s most exciting matches at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Sloane Stephens has had a pretty poor couple of months and will be desperate to turn things around here in Cincinnati leading into the U.S Open.
In contrast, Andrea Petkovic has been in great form of late. The German won her second title of the season on clay in Bad Gastein before reaching the semi-finals at the Bank of the West Classic. Andrea defeated Venus in a seesawing quarter-final before falling to Serena in the semis. Unfortunately for Andrea, illness forced her to withdraw from Montreal last week.
Sloane has won just 2 of her past 7 matches, the American hasn't been able win consecutive matches since Birmingham. In Montreal last week, Sloane lost an extremely close three set match to Jelana Jankovic. Sloane seemed to be in a position to win the match on a couple of occasions but was unable to close out the match.
Sloane has won the last two matches between the two, both of which have featured tight third sets. Their meeting at Wimbledon last year was particularly epic, Sloane edged past Andrea 8-6 in a tense third set. Although Andrea has had good results of late, most of her positive results have been on clay. I think Sloane will extend her winning streak over Andrea to three matches on Tuesday. Sloane is due for a good week; she should be better suited to the conditions in Cincinnati.
Prediction: Sloane Stephens to defeat Andrea Petkovic in straight sets