Keys vs Stephens (By: Khum)
Madison Keys - Sloane Stephens
All eyes on the first semifinals between the former WTA no1 and Roland Garros winner Garbine Muguruza and the current WTA no1 and two times Roland Garros finalist Simona Halep!
I think we're gonna see a great matchup there, yet from a betting standpoint I think the value lays on the other semifinal. The american one, as two american players will hit the court on the last match on Suzane Lenglen court.
Americans hate clay, don't they? :))
Well, not so much, as we can see here.
Madison Keys is the biggest surprise in RG SF and she has reached this stage after arguably the easiest path of last 4 women standing, rolling over Vickery, Dolehide, Osaka, Buzarnescu ans Putintseva. And she's meeting now her best friend amongst the tennis players, Sloane Stephens. No other than the one she has played against in last year's US Open final ans ... lost 3:6, 0:6.
Of course, in that final Keys was the less experienced when it came about big matches and she was kind of OFF.
I don't think Maddy will have the same lack of connection today, yet I do know why Sloane is a big match player: everytime she's showing up in the big ones. Stephens has reached 6 finals and she has won all of them.
Maybe I would see chances for a tighter game on a different surface, and even Keys as a favourite if we would have a grass matchup. On the Paris claycourt I see the almost perfect balance between defense and offense and the excellent on court movement we saw these days from Sloane prevailing in straigh sets.
Let's go green!
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Keys vs Stephens prediction
|Sloane Stephens -1.5 sets||Pinnacle||2.36||9||0-2 WON (+12.24 units)|