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A place in the second round of the 2023 Indian Wells is for grabs when two struggling Americans meet in round 1. Sloan Stephens vs Sofia Kenin matchup is between two American tennis players that have dropped out of the top 40 in the world lately, but both had been very successful in their own right in not so distant past. Below we give you a detailed preview of this exciting match, some free betting tips and the best odds out there.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.
Sloan Stephens vs Sofia Kenin – Match Predictions
We give you our free betting tips for this all-American matchup that promises to be a close affair. The Stephens vs Kenin duel is one of the hardest to predict considering how inconsistent both players had been lately. Still, we think our tips are worth considering.
Stephens to Win
Sloan Stephens, the world number 48, carries a slight psychological advantage into the match after winning the only previous duel between the two just last year in Toronto. Stephens also enters the tournament in slightly better form as she won 4 of her last 6 WTA matches, all of those 4 wins on hard courts.
In comparison, the world number 149 Kenin has lost 5 of her last 6 WTA games. All of those 6 games on hard courts.
Set 1 After 2 Games 1-1
Both Stephens and Kenin are ex-Grand Slam winners, that had been struggling in recent years. Taking into consideration that both have the experience. At the same time, both lack confidence, we think this will see the pair focusing extremely hard on winning their first service games of the match. That’s why we think that after 2 games played in Set 1 the scoreline will be 1-1.
Sloan Stephens vs Sofia Kenin Preview
How have these players fared in recent times? Let’s take a look.
Sloan Stephens had been in sharp decline since 2018, she reached the world number 3 position that year. Still, in 2022 she made a small comeback and won her first title since 2018 + she reached the 2022 French Open quarterfinals. All this was enough to see her reentering the top 50.
Stephens has had a mediocre 2023 so far though. Stephens suffered round 1 defeats in her first 3 tournaments of the year, including the Australian Open, but in February her form improved a bit. In her last tournaments, Merida and Austin, Stephens grabbed 2 wins each time before being eliminated both times in the quarterfinals.
The ex-world number 4 and Australian Open champion back in 2020 has had 2 very difficult years. She even dropped out of the top 200 recently but a few decent results at the back end of last year saw her climb up to 149 at the current WTA standings.
Kenin’s form had been pretty poor for over 2 years now and she enters the 2023 Indian Wells low on confidence again. Kenin achieved several wins in her first tournament of the year when she made it all the way to Hobart’s semifinals. Since then her form had taken yet another nose-dive. Kenin has lost 5 of her 6 games since, including a round 1 exit from Australian Open.
Sloan Stephens vs Sofia Kenin Head to Head
The two Americans have met only once before. This was last year on the hard courts of Toronto with Stephens winning this dramatic duel in 3 sets – 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5.
Sloan Stephens vs Sofia Kenin Match Details
- On which date is this match scheduled to start? The game is scheduled for Thursday, 9th March.
- On which surface will this match be played? This match will be played on an outdoor hard court.
- Who is the bookies’ favourite ahead of this match? Sloan Stephens is favoured by the bookies, but the expectations are for a close affair with not much difference in the odds.