WTA Elite Trophy, Zhuhai: Stephens v Sevastova, 11:45

Stephens 1.83, Sevastova 2.16

Stephens won the US Open in August. In the quarter finals of that tournament she had her only previous match with Sevastova. Stephens came through that in a third set tie break.  Since that grand slam win her form has dipped. That is very common for players winning their first major. If she feels that this tournament is worthy of her superstar presence then she could win it.

Sloane Stephens

Sevastova has also failed to win a match since the US Open though has had some tough opponents including Sharapova and makarova. Her loss to Begu in Moscow 2 weeks ago in straight sets was disappointing though.

If she is interested in this tournament I expect Stephens to win this. I would feel happier backing hr at this price if this wasn’t her first match of the week.  Back her above 2.00.

Update: Sevastova won in straight sets. Some nice opportunities in the first set. Stephens wenta break behind 3 times. The first 2 times she broke back. Poor from the “superstar” though.

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