WTA Linz R2: Sloane Stephens vs Andrea Petkovic Preview

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A fantastic second round clash takes place at the WTA Linz 2013 event as rising American star Sloane Stephens (Player Bio) looks to advance further in the tournament when she meets Andrea Petkovic (Player Bio) tomorrow afternoon. Check out the Stephens vs Petkovic Head to Head.

Stephens announced her arrival as a future contender at the beginning of the year when she defeated top seed Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. The win signalled the rise of a new star in the women’s game and a potential rival for the top female star. While this is yet to be proven correct, Sloane is certainly working on her game and improving visibly on a regular basis. Starting the year at No. 38 in the WTA rankings, she rose to No. 25 after the Australian Open and has gradually worked her way into the top 15. Although she is yet to win her first WTA title, she has reached the fourth round (or better) of every Grand Slam tournament this year, which is a promising achievement from the young American.

Stephens dropped her opening two service games against Magdalena Rybarikova but regrouped and broke her opponent three more time to snatch the opening set. She would only lose one game in the second set to end the match 6-3, 6-1 in 70 minutes. The win brought her record to 36-20 and one step closer to winning her first WTA title.

Andrea Petkovic defeated Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the second round in Linz. It was her first win since reaching the final 16 in Beijing, a tournament where she pulled off a shocking upset win over Victoria Azarenka in the first round. The world no. 40 is 27-14 in 2013 and is hunting for her first title of the season. After a year riddled with injuries, she will be looking to finish strong with a run into the deeper stages of the tournament.

Stephens and Petkovic have met on two previous occasions, with the series tied at 1-1. Stephens won their most recent encounter in the second round at Wimbledon. It was a hard fought three-set win for the American. Considering Petkovic won their first match in 2011 on hard court, this may factor into Stephen’s chances tomorrow afternoon.

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