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It looks like we could be in for a very close contest between 29 year old American, Sloane Stephens, and 21 year old Russian, Anastasia Potapova, in round one of the Australian Open.
Stephens to Win the Match
Potapova to Win a Set - Yes
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Sloane Stephens vs Anastasia Potapova – Match Predictions
Although Stephens has a Grand Slam title to her name, she has been dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round in four of the last five. Potapova comes into this game with two first round defeats in the last three at Melbourne. Read our tennis predictions as well as our tips for this game below:
Stephens to Win the Match
The right-handed American still has the game to be a real force at this level and begins this year ranked 37th in the world. She will have her work cut out against Potapova and we do not expect her to find her an easy opponent. However, overall, we expect her Grand Slam experience to count in her favour.
Potapova to Win a Set
The Russian enjoys her best Grand Slam win percentage in Melbourne (43%) and has got through the first round stage in 2019 and 2021. Furthermore, she ended 2022 with her highest singles ranking (42). Although we think that she will be beaten over the course of this match, we are backing her to take a set off Stephens.
Sloane Stephens vs Anastasia Potapova Preview
Neither player has fond memories of this tournament from 2022 when they were both eliminated in the first round. Let’s find out some more details on both of the contenders below:
It has been a tough few years for Stephens with only two quarter final appearances in Grand Slams since the start of 2019. The best periods of her career were in 2013 when she reached the semi-final here in Australia and the quarters in Wimbledon, before winning the US Open in 2017 and reaching the final of the French in 2018.
The 21 year old registered her best Grand Slam performance at the Australian Open in 2021 when she reached the third round. However, she proceeded to then go on a run of four successive first round exits which was only ended by getting to the second round at the US Open last September.
Sloane Stephens vs Anastasia Potapova Head to Head
This is the first time that these two players have gone head to head.
Sloane Stephens vs Anastasia Potapova Match Details
- Match Schedule – January 17th at 08:15 GMT
- Venue – Melbourne Park, Court Seven
- Viewing Options – Eurosport 1 and 2, Ladbrokes Streaming, Discovery+