Sloane Stephens vs Petra Kvitova, Rogers Cup R2 Preview

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Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, surprisingly this will be the first career meeting between the pair. Stephens and Kvitova are both on the comeback trail after setbacks earlier this year, every match and every win is important for both players at this stage.

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Sloane Stephens advanced to the second round in Toronto courtesy of a 6-7 6-0 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva. Sloane’s win on Monday was her first win in 2017 after a couple of first round loses in her first tournaments back from injury. Petra Kvitova made a solid start to her Rogers Cup campaign by defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 7-6. Kvitova cruised through the opening set but was forced to come from behind in the second, ultimately Petra did well to regain her composure and finished the match in 2 sets.

At this stage their respective comebacks, Kvitova is at the more advanced stage and should have the edge over Stephens. Petra has generally been playing at a high level since returning to the tour and showed a good level by coming past a solid Suarez Navarro in 2 sets. Stephens was still clearly far from her best against Putintseva, the American was erratic throughout and I doubt she has the level to come past Kvitova here. 

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Sloane Stephens in 2 sets


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