Brisbane International, R1 Prediction
?? (3) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? Johanna Konta
I’m going to side with the consistency of Sloane Stephens over the power of Johanna Konta in this Brisbane opener. This is the first match of the season for the pair and the first career meeting between the pair, so there is a lot of uncertainty heading into this match. Nevertheless, I think this should be a good match-up for Stephens.
Stephens has the perfect game to minimize the threats posed by Konta. Stephens is a great counter-puncher and will feed off the pace of Konta. Once Stephens neutralizes Konta’s serve she should have the clear edge from the baseline and will likely win the majority of extended rallies. I doubt Konta will be good enough to come out and hit through Stephens in her first match of the year. I’m expecting big things from Stephens this summer.