There are now just eight women left in the singles event at the Miami Open with Sloane Stephens hoping to join the winner of Danielle Collins and Venus Williams as home players in the final four of the tournament. She will play 10th seed Angelique Kerber for a place there.
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Stephens picked up an impressive win over Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, making it two disappointing tournaments in March for the Spaniard. Muguruza was surprisingly error prone in the 6-3 6-4 loss but there’s no doubt that Sloane played some great tennis, finishing off the match with a slick backhand down the line for the last of her 19 winners.
Kerber found it much tougher against an inferior opponent in Yafan Wang, having to come from a set and break down against the Chinese to win 5-7 7-6 6-3. It looked an easy match on paper for the German but she was pushed all the way by the qualifier. “For me it was not so easy, and I was just trying to fighting. I think that was the key for me, that I was really fighting for every single ball, also especially in the second set in the tiebreak when it was 5-5.” she said afterwards.
The winner of this match will be top 10, something that will be a career high for Sloane. “I will be happy, because I’m tired of people saying, ‘And her career high ranking is 11 in the world,'” Stephens said. “Hopefully one of these days, sometime soon, I’ll be able to break it… It will be a good step. That one spot will really determine a lot of things.”
Prediction – Angelique Kerber in three sets