Former US Open winner Sloane Stephens will meet Camila Giorgi in the second round of the 2019 WTA Pan Pacific Open in Osaka on Thursday. The match will start at 12:00 pm local time (4:00 am BST) on September 19 and here, you will find the Sloane Stephens v Camila Giorgi live streaming options with the preview.
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Sloane Stephens v Camila Giorgi Head to Head
The tally is currently tied at 2-2. They met twice in 2018 where both the players got a win each. Giorgi has always proven herself to be a tough opponent when it comes to facing the American.
Stephens, Looking to Break the Rut
Stephens arrived in Japan after what can only be described as a poor spell in the US Open series. With just one win in her four appearances across the states, the number three seed has fallen out of the top 10.
At the Flushing Meadows, she lost her opening match to the Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya while incurring similar results in Toronto and Washington as well. In comparison to the first half of the season, Stephens’ form has been far more disappointing.
She had a few promising runs at the time, most notably reaching the quarterfinal in Charleston and French Open, and the semifinal in Madrid. However, when the grass swing began, her form took a dire hit. With a win-loss tally of 21-16, she will be hoping to improve these figures and get a trophy in Asia.
Giorgi, Looking to Inflict Damage
By contrast, Giorgi has had a rather opposite season – she started with a litany of early-round defeats and with time, she found her groove.
The Italian reached the final in WTA Washington, losing to Jessica Pegula in the final. A couple of weeks later, she had a very similar run in the Bronx Open as well – this time, she fell to Magda Linette in the final game. While these performances were also overshadowed by her first-round defeat in Cincinnati and the US Open, the confidence she got there will still help her move through the Asian swing.
In Osaka, Giorgi started her campaign with a straight-set win over Han Xinyun.
Giorgi v Stephens Tips & Predictions
The two players are in a rut at the moment. However, by comparison, Giorgi has a slightly better chance of winning here, given her recent momentum from the two final appearances. Plus, having already defeated the American a couple of times in her career, she will be more than confident heading into this fixture. An upset may be on the cards here.
Tip: Giorgi to win: 3/4 (888Sport)