Monterrey Open 2020: Leylah Fernandez vs Sloane Stephens, match preview and prediction
- Can Stephens continue to rebuild against a talented opponent like Fernandez?
But it will be a tough opponent in the second round as Stephens takes on another rising star in Wednesday's matchup in form of Canada's Leylah Fernandez.
And as much as Stephens would have liked for her first-round opponent Emma Navarro to have prepared her for what is to come in this match, Fernandez is a completely different proposition altogether.
The 17-year-old from Canada is a fine striker of the ball. She is not the most explosive, but has a great feel of the ball, always knowing what shot to hit from every position on the court.
Fernandez manages the spin really well and has used the power of her opponents against them on several occasions. Her court awareness and solid approach game have held her in good stead as well.
Against Stephens, however, she will have to be a little more proactive than she is used to being in especially in the longer rallies because, the longer the point stretches, the better shot the former US Open champion has at winning them.
The American is a very solid player from the back of the court and is more than capable of hitting big if given enough time on the ball. Fernandez then will have to be really looking forward to taking time away from her opponent.
And luckily for her, the Canadian is really comfortable coming forward and has a really good volley and domineering presence despite her petite frame.
It will really come down to the simple question of being the aggressor in the match. The woman who can manage to take control of a few rallies early could ride high all the way to victory.
Prediction: Stephens to win in two tight setsPublished 04 Mar 2020, 22:48 IST