Due to start at 12:30 pm
Stephens 1.81, Pavlyuchenkova 2.20
Stephens won their only previous meeting In August last year. She won on a hard court in Washington in straight sets.
Stephens has better hard court results this season. She has won 65% of matches compared 54% for Pavlyuchenkova. Stephens reached the quarter finals of the US Open but has lost both her matches since.
Pavlyuchenkova played an excellent tournament in Wuhan last week and reached the quarter finals. She beat Bertens and Kvitova in straight sets.
I think this goes to 3 sets. Hopefully Pavlyuchenkova can maintain her level from last week. A little value on her.
Lay Stephens if she breaks first. She doesn’t have a good record in Beijing and lost in the first round last season winning just 3 games against Christine McHale.
Update: Stephens didn’t break first but she did lose the first set in a tie break. She came through a very tight match 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.