TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Petra Kvitova (10) meets Sloane Stephens in the Round of 128 on Monday, June 28th 2021.
Will Sloane Stephens get one of the best wins of her career under her belt taking out the two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, or will the 10th seed and favorite to win the match prevail and move on? Will Petra Kvitova make a strong start to her campaign for a third title at the Lawn England Club, or will she get off to a shaky start and have to dig deep early on here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Sloane Stephens has not been known to make many waves in major tournaments, let alone at Wimbledon, where her best result was a third round exit two times. The conditions on the grass don’t suit her as well as they do her opponent, and she will undoubtedly need to produce her best tennis to push the former champion. With no great previous results on the surface in her career, or any match practice beforehand, she will need to play at a higher level than she ever has before to upset the heavy favorite and grass court aficionado in Petra Kvitova.
Petra Kvitova looks to make a strong showing to kick off her campaign to claim a third Wimbledon title and third grand slam over all. While she has struggled this year and has not won Wimbledon since 2014, she is still the 12th ranked player in the world and much more experienced and advanced on the grass than her opponent, putting her as the heavy favorite to move on to the second round at the Championships this year. She has also made a strong showing on the grass this week at the Bad Homburg Open, falling to Kerber in a close 3 set match in the semi-finals, all this taken into account, I expect her to get her campaign going with a bang against Sloane Stephens.
The head to head between Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens stands at 1-2 in favor of Stephens. With all 3 meetings being on a hardcourt, and Petra Kvitova winning the latest meeting at the 2019 Wuhan Open 6-3 6-3. Each of them should know what to expect, but there are many things which vary surface to surface, and on the grass courts, Petra Kvitova has many of the intangibles and experience leaning in her favor at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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