Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia prediction and odds: Cincinnati Open 2023

Defending champion Caroline Garcia takes on the challenge of Sloane Stephens in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open. The duo have met each other six times, and twice on these hallowed grounds, making it an exciting duel for fans and neutrals alike.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia – match predictions

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Garcia to win

Since her ousting from the Wimbledon Championships, Garcia suffered first-round exits in Washington and Montreal. She is the defending champion here and will fancy her chances against a rival whom she has defeated in Cincinnati twice. Stephens has struggled against top 10 rivals and Garcia should have the mental edge in this meeting to get back to winning ways despite her recent run of poor form.

Over 21.5 games

It was a straight-set victory for Stephens against Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto. The American finished the game off with ease in 20 games. Her defeat to Elena Rybakina came in 18 games. While not on song, Garcia did give a good account of her abilities in a fighting 2-1 defeat to Maria Bouzkova. The Czech ace had to grind out for 136 minutes and 28 games to triumph against Garcia. The French ace’s last win in Cincinnati against Stephens was also a three-set affair that saw a similar amount of games. As the two collide in the Westerns & Southern Open again, we are expecting a long duel, one that should exceed 21.5 Games.

Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia preview

The previous Cincinnati Open predictions are backed up by a good preview and analysis of Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia.

Sloane Stephens

In Sloane Stephens, Garcia faces a familiar face in the Mason neighbourhood. The American ace has impressed in these surroundings, consistently reaching the third round in her last seven attempts here. Moreover, her experience in the Western & Southern Open is highlighted by her semifinal appearance in 2017. While her optimal performance may be yet to come, she has posted respectable results, including recent quarterfinal finishes in Merida and Austin earlier this year.

Caroline Garcia

The French ace has been in a downturn for quite some time now and faces the challenging task to defend her title in Cincinnati. Over her last 10 tournaments, she has secured consecutive victories only three times, all on grass courts. Against top 50 opponents, she’s struggled, going winless in six matches since her triumph over Leylah Fernandez in Indian Wells. Her recent early exits in Washington and Montreal signal a departure from her strong 2022 form, which included a US Open semifinal and the WTA Finals title.

Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia head to head

In their head-to-head encounters, Garcia holds a narrow advantage, leading with a 4-2 record against Stephens. The American triumphed in their last meeting in Guatemala but it is Garcia who has defeated her in their two meetings on this venue.

Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia match details

  • Cincinnati OpenCarlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds at the Cincinnati Open. 
  • The match will be played at the Centre Court.
  • The match will start on at 00:00 Wednesday, August 16th 

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