Sabalenka and Stephens have faced each other twice in the past with the Belarusian winning both encounters.
Fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka will face home favourite Sloane Stephens after a first round bye in the last 16 of the 2022 WTA San Diego Open. Sabalenka’s season has had quite a number of ups and downs so far. The Belarusian started the season on the wrong foot but managed to make it to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Her best result came in Germany when she reached the final of the Stuttgart Open where she lost to world no. 1 Iga Swiatek. She reached her second final of the season at the Libema Open but was defeated by Ekaterina Alexandrova. With only a few tournaments left this season, the fifth seed will be desperate for a win.
Sloane Stephens defeated Switzerland’s Jill Teichmann in the first round of the San Diego Open. The American won the first game of the first set and the Swiss responded in kind to levelthe scores at 1-1. However, Stephens went on to win five straight games to take the first set with ease. The Swiss went up 3-1 in the second set to put Stephens in the spot of bother. The American did manage to break her opponent’s momentum but found herself trailing yet again at 5-3. The American, however, managed to stay in contention despite her opponent holding a set point. The match eventually went to a tie-break and Stephens was triumphant by a score of 6-1, 7-6 (2).
Sabalenka and Stephens have faced each other twice in the past with the Belarusian winning both encounters. The most recent match between the two took place at the 2021 Canadian Open.
Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens are scheduled to face each other in the round of 16 of the 2022 WTA San Diego Open on Friday, October 14. The competition’s main draw is set to commence on October 10, 2022 and conclude on October 16, 2022.
The WTA San Diego Open will have five rounds of action excluding the qualifiers. These are the round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The competition’s main draw is set to commence on October 10, 2022 and conclude on October 16, 2022.
|October 10||Round of 32|
|October 11||Round of 32|
|October 12||Round of 16|
|October 13||Round of 16/Quarter-finals|
|Maria Sakkari (wildcard)||5|
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