Sloane Stephens of the USA, seeded 23rd, will play the world number 87 Paula Badosa of Spain in the second round of the 2020 French Open. This match will be played on Thursday, October 1 and could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST or 6 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Sloane Stephens v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sloane Stephens v Paula Badosa Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 27-year-old American, and the Spaniard, who is five years younger.
Stephens Breezed Through Opener
Stephens has fond memories of Paris, having reached the final here two years ago before losing to Simona Halep. And she will be hoping to another deep run into the tournament. after breezing past the challenge of Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, the world number 115, in their first round match on Tuesday.
The American took control right from the start, breaking the Russian serve in the very first game of the match. Four games later, she broke again, and, although Diatchenko saved a set point in her next service game, she was merely delaying the inevitable, and Stephens soon closed out the set.
The second set followed a similar pattern, with Diatchenko never threatening the Stephens’ serve, whilst struggling to hold on to her own.
The American broke her twice more, and, although the Russian saved the first match point, Stephens won the second, bringing an end to an encounter that had lasted just an hour and seven minutes.
This win would have also been bit of a relief for Stephens who had lost in the first round of the Italian Open and Strasbourg Open before this.
Badosa’s First Time French Open Round Two
Badosa is into the second round in Paris for the first time – she had not even won a match in the qualifying competition prior to this year at Roland Garros. In doing so, she has matched her previous best in a Grand Slam event, at Melbourne earlier this year.
That does not mean she has no form on clay – she won the girls’ singles event at the French Open in 2015.
She was made to fight, though, in her first-round match with Kateryna Kozlova of the Ukraine, the world 99, and needed three sets to defeat her.
The first set saw no less than six breaks of serve, but with the Ukrainian conceding two more than the Spaniard, Badosa was able to claim the set 6-2.
The pair tightened up in the second, and, after exchanging breaks early, the match went on serve, until Badosa dropped hers in the ninth game, allowing Kozlova to level the match.
Badosa then broke her serve in the first game of the third set, and claimed a second break four games later. Although she immediately handed one of them back, she broke once more to clinch a match that had lasted just over two hours.
Interestingly, this win comes on the back of a semifinal appearance at the Istanbul Cup for Badosa, where she went down to Eugenie Bouchard.
Stephens v Badosa Prediction and Tip
On paper Stephens is a favourite against an opponent who is inexperienced at this level but Badosa’s form along with Stephens’ inconsistencies could make this for an exciting contest.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 13/8 (bet365)