Can Former Champion Stephens do it Again in Charleston?

João Mourato

Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:16 AM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019 1:16 AM UTC

Join our tennis expert for his betting analysis of the Volvo Car Open with American Sloane Stephens looking to capture her second title in Charleston.

<p>Sloane Stephens hopes to rediscover top form at the Volvo Car Open after a slow start to the season. The 26-year-old American only won 53.85% of the matches in 2019 and hasn’t won consecutive matches in any tournament since the Australian Open in January. Nevertheless, playing in Charleston brings many happy memories to Stephens. The No.1 seed claimed the title in her previous appearance at the Volvo Car Open in 2016 and is currently on a six-match winning streak on this event.</p><p>The world No.8 advanced to the third round of the Volvo Car Open after a 7-6(4), 7-6(4) win over Sara Sorribes Tormo in two hours and 37 minutes. Stephens struggled to find her range in the early stages of the match but a coaching timeout changed everything at 2-5 in the first set. The 2017 US Open champion recovered from a double break down in the opening set and won 53.61% of the points played on Sara’s second serve. Despite slow start, Sloane was very pleased with her win and although it was not her cleanest match, the American No.1 showed great composure to get the victory against a tricky opponent in cold and windy conditions.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@SloaneStephens&lt;/a&gt; displayed some incredible hands at the net in her opener at the &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@VolvoCarOpen&lt;/a&gt;! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ShotOfTheDay&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WTA (@WTA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;3 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Stephens will next face Ajla Tomljanovic for a place in the quarter-finals of the Volvo Car Open. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a good start to the 2019 season as she reached her fourth WTA final at the Toyota Thailand Open earlier this year. Tomljanovic has also reached a career-high ranking of No.39 this week after a good run to the third round of the Miami Open. However, the Australian won’t have an easy task on this match against a player who has always been a very tough matchup for her. Stephens leads 4-0 in their head-to-head with Tomljanovic winning only one set in their four previous encounters on the WTA Tour. On the other hand, Sloane’s grueling victory in the previous round against Sorribes Tormo served as a great confidence boost for the American, who will also have the crowd’s endearing support on this match. With this in mind, adding Sloane’s moneyline to your <a href="" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a> to reach the quarter-finals is a very interesting approach for this contest <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">at 67/100 (1.67) with Pinnacle</a>.</p><p>Looking now at the outright market for this tournament, Stephens is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Betfair &amp; Start Playing Today!">at 7/1 (8.00) with Betfair</a>. Sloane is the No.1 seed in Charleston and should make it at least to the last eight. Nevertheless, the field is extremely strong on this event with very dangerous players such as Aryna Sabalenka, Belinda Bencic and Kiki Bertens. Besides these, Stephens can also face the former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals. For that reason, our suggestion is to avoid placing any bet on the American’s outright at the moment due to the incredibly strong field in Charleston and lack of value in her <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to win the title.</p>
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