? Sydney International, R1 Prediction
?? (4) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? (Q) Ekaterina Alexandrova
Sloane Stephens needs to get her act together and take down Alexandrova in the opening round in Sydney. It has been over 4 years since Stephens has won a match in Australia, a terrible statistic given how well suited to the conditions she is in theory. Alexandrova will be no pushover, so Stephens needs to up her level from what we saw from her in Brisbane last week if she is to win this match.
I’m going to side with Stephens here. Despite last week’s rusty performance I’m still expecting Stephens to have a good Aussie summer. Winning a few matches in Sydney is important for Stephens before heading to Melbourne and she will know that. Stephens has been training in Sydney for a few days and seems to be in good space. Stephens is a class above Alexandrova and if she takes this seriously she should win.