The wind has picked up in Paris. Fourth-round clashes always promise a cracker. We have come down to the best 16 out of the 128 that started the event. World no. 2 and one of the favourites for the title Aryna Sabalenka is more than ready to get closer to glory. However, in her way stands the American Sloane Stephens. She herself is trying to revive the promising start she has to her career. This won’t be an easy battle for both but more so for Stephens as Sabalenka seems to be in the form of her life.
Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens: Match Details
Tournament: 2023 Roland Garros
Match: Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens
Date: 4 June 2023
Time: 8:15 pm (GMT + 2)
Venue: Paris, France
Round: Fourth round
Prize Money: $ 154,10
Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens: Preview
Aryan Sabalenka started the year in fine fashion by winning the Australian Open. She would love to make it 2/2 in Grand Slams this season. However, she should know that Grand Slams are funny events and a tough match may just be around the corner. However, the recent tournament win in Madrid should do her confidence well and help her in defeating her round-four opponent. Not dropping a single set so far and easily knocking her opponents has been the hallmark in her first three rounds for Sabalenka.
Sloane Stephens has made it to the finals here before and knows a little about the Paris courts. However, 2023 hasn’t been kind to her. The solitary tournament win for her came in a 125k event. Apart from that she has struggled on the court miserably. Not able to play the Australian Open due to health reasons Stephens would love to prove her point here in Paris. Having lost just one set she has looked at her very best once again. For her, the challenge is to stay injury free. If she does she can be a tricky hurdle for Sabalenka.
The pair have only met twice before with Sabalenka coming on top on both occasions. However, both have been highly contested 3-set matches. Stephens can draw confidence out of the fact she did make Sabalenka run for her money. Can she do it in Paris and come on the right side this time around?
Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens: Prediction
It’s almost impossible to bet against Aryna Sabalenka in 2023. Her remarkable consistency has made her one of the favourites in every event she plays. The head-to-head record also suggests that she has the wood over Stephens. Having said that Grand Slams provide you weird results and Stephens having made the final here before should believe she can do this. Purely on form, backing the Belarusian to win in straight sets.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in straight sets
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