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Caroline Garcia is having a tough period of the season and is on the verge of dropping off the top 10 players on the WTA list. She will face Sloan Stephens in the second round of the San Diego Open, and the American won the last two matches against her. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Our favourite Sloane Stephens vs Caroline Garcia predictions
Both players lost in the opening round at the US Open and have a lot to prove in San Diego.
Caroline Garcia to win @ 2/1 (2.00)
This will be the eighth match between these two players and it is safe to say that they know each other very well. Stephens has been the better one lately but there is no doubt that Garcia is the better overall player. The world No. 10 is going through a difficult time in recent months and this needs to be the tournament where she will bounce back. Garcia has a better record on hard surface and will be the one to advance to the next round.
First set over 9.5 games @ 17/20 (1.85)
Both players will play with a chip on their shoulders after tough losses at the US Open. This is their preferable surface and both of them can serve well. it will be a tough match since they both have won against each other. The last three times they played, the first set went over 9.5 games and twice it went to tie break. This match will bring another exciting and long opening set.
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Can Stephens beat Garcia for the third straight match?
Things are heating up in South California and you can check all of our predictions in the San Diego Open predictions article.
Stephens is 36th in the WTA rankings with a 24-18 season record and 10-12 on hard surface for the season. The former world No. 3 defeated Alise Mertens in the opening round by 6-1, 6-3.
Her best result this season is the title in Saint Malo and she also reached the semifinal in Rabat.
Garcia is currently 10th in the rankings and her career high is No. 4. The 29-year-old is 31-20 for the season and 15-12 on hard surface.
This will be her first match after the 6-4, 6-1 loss to Yafan Wang in the opening round at the US Open.
Garcia won 4 titles last season and her best result this year are the finals in Monterrey and Lyon.
Stephens vs Garcia head to head
Garcia leads the head to head 4-3 against Stephens. The American won the last two matches, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 this year in Cincinnati and 7-6, 7-6 last year in Guadalajara. Garcia won the previous three, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in Cincinnati in 2021, 6-3, 7-6 on the same tournament the previous year and 6-1, 7-6 in Rome in 2018. Their first two matches were played in 2014, and both players won in straight sets in one of them.
Key match details
- Venue: Barnes Stadium
- Date & time: 14th of September, TBD
- Where to watch in UK: Amazon Prime
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