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?? (7) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? Sara Sorribes Tormo
Sloane Stephens continues her 2019 Roland Garros campaign on Wednesday with a potentially tricky clash against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. Paris has been Sloane’s most consistent Grand Slam over her career, the American will be hoping to go one step better than her runner-up appearance last year as she takes aim at capturing a second major title.
Sloane Stephens was made to work surprisingly hard to come through her opening round match in Paris against Misaki Doi. Stephens overcame a second set slump to claim a 6-3 7-6 win over Doi in an hour and 33 minutes. Sloane’s form leading into this event has been typically erratic but one thing Sloane has generally managed to do throughout her career is peak at the majors which makes her one of the contenders this year at Roland Garros, especially given her strength on the red dirt.
Sara Sorribes Tormo advanced to the second round in Paris for the first time thanks to a 6-1 5-7 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck. Sorribes Tormo’s win over Van Uytvanck was a big one, just her second main draw win at a Grand Slam and it was not against a pushover, Van Uytvanck is a former quarter-finalist in Paris. Sorribes Tormo is a gutsy competitor and will relish the opportunity of playing Stephens in Paris, a familiar foe.
Stephens and Sorribes Tormo know what to expect from each other heading into this clash. The pair went head-to-head in an epic scrap earlier this year on the green clay of Charleston, Stephens won 7-6 7-6 in a match that lasted over 2 and a half hours. Stephens will be hoping to make lighter work of the Spaniard on this occasion, can she do it?