🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R1 Preview
🇺🇸 (4) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic
The fourth seeded Sloane Stephens faces a tough opening round test at Wimbledon when she comes up against Croatia’s Donna Vekic. Stephens has not played a match on grass in 2018 whilst Vekic played 3 tournaments in the lead-up to SW19 with decent results. Vekic has a powerful game that can trouble Stephens if the American gets off to a slow start.
Grass is arguably Sloane Stephens’ worst surface, her recent results suggest that this is the case. Stephens has not played a match since her 3 set loss to Simona Halep in the Roland Garros final a month ago, it is tough to know what to expect for her in London. One thing is certain, Stephens has made a habit of playing her best tennis on the biggest stages.
Conversely, grass is Vekic’s best surface. Vekic started her grass court campaign in Nottingham where she reached the semi-finals before suffering a couple of early round exits in Birmingham and Eastbourne. Vekic was beaten by Svitolina in 3 sets in Birmingham, and a Barbora Strycova in straight sets in Eastbourne.
It was Stephens who won the only previous match between the pair, a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win on clay in Strasbourg in 2016. Vekic’s chances on grass increase significantly in this match-up.