Stephens vs Raducanu: prediction for the WTA Australian Open match
In one of the most interesting first round matches of Australian Open Sloane Stephens will play against Emma Raducanu on January 18. Which one of two American players will record a victory? The answer is in our prediction.
For the most recent time Sloane Stephens put up a successful performance at Australian Open in 2019, she reached the round of 16. In two most recent editions of the tournament American player failed to advance past the first round, losing to lower-ranked opponents, Zhang Shuai and Putintseva.
We are not expecting a great performance from Stephens at Melbourne in 2022. Sloane didn't play a single match before the Grand Slam tournament. For the most recent time Stephens played an official match at the beginning of October in the previous year, losing to Pegula (2:6, 3:6) in the second round of Indian Wells tournament.
Emma Raducanu will perform at Australian Open for the first time in her career. After a triumph at US Open young player slowed down and is not performing successfully.
In the first round of Sydney tournament Raducanu managed to get only one game against Rybakina (0:6, 1:6). Raducanu is trying to regain form at Australia. She went to practice right after the match against Rybakina. It is uncertain, whether the young player will overcome that crisis.
This bet played in four most recent matches of Raducanu
In seven out of ten most recent Stephens' matches three sets were played
There is no clear favourite in the upcoming match. Both players are not so successful recently. In our prediction we are expecting a victory from Raducanu. Athlete is trying to break her string of defeats. Stephens, just like always, is coming into the new season slowly, so we don't think that without much practice she will be able to advance into the second round of Australian Open.
Our prediction - Raducanu to win
Raducanu and Stephens are not at the peak of her form. We are not expecting an easy victory from any player. Seven out of ten most recent matches of Stephens ended in three sets. We offer to place a bet on total over.
Our second bet is on total over 21 games