Dominika Cibulkova vs Sloane Stephens, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, ????? R2 Preview + Prediction
(11) ?? Dominika Cibulkova vs ?? Sloane Stephens

One of the most exciting second round clashes in New York on Wednesday will see the 11th seeded Dominika Cibulkova take on in-form American Sloane Stephens. Cibulkova and Stephens both arrived in New York in great form, Stephens made the semi-finals in Montreal in Cincinnati whilst Cibulkova made the final in New Haven last week. Stephens holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Cibulkova, their most recent match was an epic in the Acapulco final last year which Stephens won in three grueling sets. This should be another exciting clash between Cibulkova and Stephens, two evenly matched opponents.

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Sloane Stephens booked her spot in the second round in New York with a composed 7-5 6-1 win over Roberta Vinci. Dominika Cibulkova was forced to come from a set down to defeat compatriot Jana Cepelova 6-7 6-3 6-2. Both will enter this tough second round match full of confidence given the winning form that they brought into the tournament. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes control of this one.

I think these two are very evenly matched and actually have similar styles of play. Both love to dictate from the baseline whilst both are very quick and can defend very well. Stephens has a heavier serve whilst I’d say Cibulkova is the better competitor and the stronger of the two mentally. I’m going to side with Cibulkova here. I like the way Cibulkova was competing in New Haven and her come from behind in the first round in New York was another sign of where she is at right now. Stephens is also playing well, so this should go the distance. In a long, grueling fight, I have to side with Cibulkova.


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Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Sloane Stephens in 3 sets

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