Stephens vs. Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova extended her clay-court winning streak to seven matches after a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open. The former world No.1 advanced to the third round in Madrid for the first time in her career after three consecutive defeats in the second round. On the other hand, Pliskova got her revenge on Azarenka after her defeat against the Belarusian earlier this season at the Miami Open.
Sloane Stephens continues to impress in Madrid. Despite slow start to 2018, the US Open champion holds an impressive 81.25% winning record since her disappointing defeat in the opening round of the Australian Open against Shuai Zhang. Looking now at Sloane’s campaign on this event, the American reaches this stage of the competition after a comfortable 6 – 1 6 – 3 victory against Samantha Stosur in just 76 minutes.
These two players will face each other for the third time in their careers with Pliskova still searching for her first win over this opponent.
The bookmakers expect a close encounter with Pliskova as the slight favourite at 89/100 at Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers 21/20 for Sloane’s victory. Even though we agree with Karolina’s favouritism after her brilliant campaign in Stuttgart, it’s impossible to ignore Sloane’s lead on the h2h. Adding to this, the American is one of the best counter punchers in the game with an incredible record against big servers. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Sloane’s moneyline to your betting picks at 21/20 at green listed bookmaker 5Dimes.
Best Play: Sloane Stephens ML at 21/20 at 5Dimes