Sloane Stephens vs. Anastasija Sevastova, US OPEN QF Prediction

??? US OPEN: QF Prediction
?? (3) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? (19) Anastasija Sevastova

This looms as an entertaining quarter-final clash at Flushing Meadows between two familiar foes. It was at this event 12 months ago that Stephens was pushed all the way to a final set tiebreak by Sevastova on route to winning the title. The pair have met on two occasions since then, splitting those matches 1 win apiece.

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

I expect this to be a really close match. Stephens has the power but Sevastova has the touch. Sevastova played some of the best tennis of her career in patches in her fourth round win over Elina Svitolina. If Sevastova can bring a similar level to this match she will really trouble Stephens.

Never quite know with Sevastova but I’m going to side with Latvian. I get the feeling Sevastova’s best is very troublesome for Stephens and I think Sevastova is playing her very best tennis right now. All the pressure is on Stephens, it Sevastova who can play with more freedom. The slower courts this year will also help Sevastova, we have seen over the last week that when her game is on she is very, very damaging. Historically, it is almost unheard for a first-time Grand Slam winner to defend their title, this could be where Sloane title defense ends.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Sloane Stephens in 3 sets