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Sloane Stephens made the third round in her first ever Wimbledon appearance, followed by a quarterfinal run. However, she hasn’t advanced past the third round in her last six trips since, including first round exits in 2014 and 2017.
Oddsmakers do make Stephens the favorite to reach the semis, but not by much. This quarter a little wide open.
Let’s dig into this quarter a little deeper from a betting perspective to identify potential value in the first round and futures market.
Stephens Head-to-Head vs. Seeds
- 2-1 vs. Karolina Pliskova
- 2-0 vs. Venus Williams
- 5-1 vs. Julia Goerges
- 1-0 vs. Kiki Bertens
- 3-2 vs. Barbora Strycova (1-0 on grass)
- 0-0 vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu
- 2-2 vs. Shuai Zhang (0-1 on grass)
Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki must be drooling at Stephens’ draw. The American is 15-6 against the other seeds in a quarter that doesn’t look too challenging — especially with Venus Williams in the other half.
Stephens really couldn’t ask for a better group of seeds for the lone grass Slam. Pliskova has never made it out of the second round at Wimbledon. Goerges has lost in the first round here in each of the last five years. Bertens is 3-5 at Wimbledon and far from a grass courter. Buzarnescu comes in on form, but has never even played a match at Wimbledon. And Shuai has never won a match in London in four tries. Venus and Strycova do have grass pedigree, but neither should scare Sloane.