???? Roland Garros, QF Prediction
?? (7) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? (26) Johanna Konta
A fascinating quarter-final showdown at Roland Garros sees the 7th seeded Sloane Stephens come up against the 26th seeded Johanna Konta. Stephens and Konta are both no strangers to this stage of a Grand Slam, both have previously reached the final 8 of a Grand Slam on multiple occasions. Of course it is Stephens who has a Grand Slam to her name and who will head into this match as the favourite as she aims to go one step better than her runner-up showing in Paris last year.
I’m going to side with Stephens here despite Konta winning both of the previous matches between the pair. Konta has twice beaten Stephens in 2019, including a 3 set win on clay in Rome last month. However, Sloane’s effort is notoriously higher at Grand Slam events, this will be a different Sloane Stephens that Konta faces in Paris.
In general, I think this is actually a good matchup for Stephens, especially on this surface. Stephens is one of the best movers on this surface but also has the ability to dictate points with her heavy forehand, making her a problematic match-up for Konta. Stephens is traditionally tough to beat when she gets to this stage of a big tournament and should be too solid for Konta here.