World number 57 Sloane Stephens faces Australian and 78th-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the 2021 Charleston Open on Thursday, April 8. Get the live streaming options of this Sloane Stephens v Ajla Tomljanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sloane Stephens v Ajla Tomljanovic Head to Head
At the highest level of competition, these two have faced off four times and Stephens has won every single time. This includes a win at the 2019 Charleston Open when Stephens made it to the quarterfinal with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the previous round over Tomljanovic.
They had faced off one on the ITF circuit as well and Stephens had won that match too.
Stephens Shock for Friend Keys
Such has been Stephens’ form that since the 2019 Wimbledon, she had won back to back matches in a tournament on only two previous occasions.
Which is why when she came up against the 24th-ranked Madison Keys in the previous match, having earlier defeated Xinyu Wang in her opener, it was tough to envision Stephens getting past her close friend to record a second successive victory.
As it turned out, Stephens managed to put up a solid showing in what was a repeat of their meeting from the title-decider at the US Open of 2017. Stephens, who was 3-1 on head to head against Keys before this, added another victory to this record by clinching the match 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 32 minutes.
Facing just three break-points in the entire match, Stephens saved them all and later credited her victory to the manner in which she served. She now takes on a surprise third round opponent in the form of Tomljanovic.
Tomljanovic Edges Past Bouzkova
After blasting past Christina McHale in her opening match, Tomljanovic looked to be headed out when she lost the first set of her second round match against Marie Bouzkova.
The Aussie bounced back to take a 3-1 lead in the second, only to get broken back the very next game but as Bouzkova served to stay in the set, Tomljanovic earned herself three break-points and broke off the third to clinch the set.
A similar script repeated in the third as Tomljanovic’s 3-1 lead was wiped off with the pair then sharing three breaks of serve to bring it to 5-4 on serve. Tomljanovic had three match-points on Bouzkova’s serve which she missed but then converted the fourth one she got at 6-5 to carve out her first set of back to back wins since September 2019.
The last time she won her first two rounds on clay also came that season, at Rabat and she had gone to win the third too to reach the semifinals. Can she repeat that here?
Stephens v Tomljanovic Prediction and Tip
This could be bit of a topsy-turvy match where both players find it difficult to get their serves in and as a result we might see a few games played in this.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)