WTA Charleston 2021: Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens–Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Volvo Car Open

Defending Champion Madison Keys will come face to face against former Champion Sloane Stephens in the second round of Charleston 2021.

Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens
Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens

Madison Keys will meet Sloane Stephens in the Second round of the WTA Charleston 2021. Keys is currently the World no.24 on the WTA rankings and Stephens is the World no.57.

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Charleston 2021
  • Match: Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 8th April, 2021
  • PrizeMoney: $4100 
  • Venue: Charleston, USA
  • Surface: Clay Court

Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens: Preview

Madison Keys
Madison Keys

Defending Champion Madison Keys is seeded eighth for this event. She missed the whole Australian Summer because she had tested positive for Covid. Her first tournament back was the Qatar Open 2021. In her first match back after a hiatus of almost six months, she beat Belinda Bencic in straight sets 6-4 6-1.

Her second round opponent is Sloane Stephens. Stephens is a former Charleston Open Champion, having won it in 2016. She is also a former US Open Champion, 2017, and has been ranked as high as no.3 in the World. At the start of the year, Stephens lost her opening round encounter in four consecutive tournaments  before finally winning her first round match at Miami Open. Her first round opponent here was Wang Xinyu who she beat in straight sets, 6-2 6-4. 

Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens: Head-to-Head

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens

This will be the fifth meeting on the tour between these two players, and the head to head is 3-1 in favor of Stephens. Interestingly, the last encounter between them was at the Charleston Open 2019, which Keys won in three sets 7-6 4-6 6-2. 

Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens: Prediction

Madison Keys
Madison Keys

Both the Americans are struggling for form, and both need that one big win to get their season kick started. But between the two, Keys is doing a little better having registered a couple of wins against good opponents. This will be a close match, but Keys will triumph in the end. 

Match Prediction: Madison Keys will beat Sloane Stephens in three sets. 

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