French Open Tennis

Karolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens Prediction and Odds: French Open 2023

French Open fans will be entertained by an intriguing matchup between Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens. Pliskova, a former world number one, has an impressive arsenal of shots while Stephens possesses remarkable defensive skills.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens – Match Predictions

Karolina Pliskova to Win

Despite Stephens’ head-to-head advantage of 4-1, the tide may turn in favour of Pliskova in their upcoming clash. The Czech ace is known for her consistency in Grand Slam tournaments and has not lost a first-round match since the 2016 Roland-Garros. On the other hand, Stephens has struggled with early exits in her recent tournaments. Moreover, Pliskova has showcased impressive performances, reaching the quarterfinals in both New York and Melbourne. With her steady form throughout the season, including notable runs in Dubai and Stuttgart, Pliskova is poised to overcome Stephens and improve her win-loss record against her rival.

2-0 to Karolina Pliskova

We expect Karolina to emerge victorious in straight sets against her American nemesis. The former world number one has showcased consistent form in recent high-level tournaments while the same cannot be said about Stephens, who has been forced to work hard on the lower circuits to get wins under her belt. Adding to the likelihood of a straight-set victory for Pliskova is the history between the two players, with only one of their five head-to-head matches going the distance. With her experience and strong track record, Pliskova is the favourite to dominate this duel and secure a convincing win in straight sets.

Karolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the French Open.

Karolina Pliskova

The seasoned Czech veteran has a strong track record in Grand Slam tournaments. Since the 2016 Roland-Garros, she has not lost a first-round match at majors. While clay has been the least successful surface for her, with eight out of 11 main draw appearances ending in the early rounds, Pliskova did reach the semifinals in Paris in 2017. Over the last year, she has maintained a fairly steady form, reaching the quarterfinals of the US and Australian Open. However, she was disappointed with her recent opening-round loss to Anna Bondar in Rome, despite earlier quarterfinal appearances in Dubai and Stuttgart.

Sloane Stephens

The former world number three has had a challenging start to the season, experiencing early exits in six of her first nine tournaments. However, she has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Stephens won nine matches in her last three tournaments, including clinching a 125K title in Saint-Malo and reaching the semifinals in Rabat. Although she suffered a disappointing loss to Lucia Bronzetti, 6-1, 6-1, in Rabat, Stephens will be confident as the French Open approaches. Paris has been her most consistent major, with at least eight appearances in the fourth round.

Karolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens Head to Head

Sloane Stephens holds a 4-1 advantage in head-to-head matchups against Karolina Pliskova. Their most recent meeting took place in the second round of the 2021 Roland-Garros, where Stephens, a finalist in 2018, convincingly defeated Pliskova with a score of 7-5, 6-1.

Karolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens Match Details

Roland Garros 2023

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