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Stephens vs Konta WTA Rome R2 predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 15 May 2019
  • Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta square off in the second round of WTA Rome on Wednesday
  • Konta won their only previous clash in Brisbane earlier this season
Sloane Stephens (PA Images)

Sloane Stephens vs Johanna Konta WTA Rome second round match preview, predictions and tips - Stephens looks to avenge Brisbane loss to Konta from earlier this season…

Date: Wednesday May 15
Time: 11.00am local time (10.00am BST)
Court: Pietrangeli

Stephens vs Konta predictions


Former top five players Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta square off for a place in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Wednesday.

However, while Stephens has maintained a spot inside the top 10 for over a year now, coming into Rome at No. 8 in the world, Konta has taken a big tumble down the rankings over the last 18 months, crashing outside the top 40 by the end of 2017 and staying their throughout 2019, with the Brit arriving in Rome at No. 43.

Stephens hasn’t had the best season in 2019, but she produced some encouraging form in Madrid last week, reaching her first semi-final of the year, beating Victoria Azarenka along the way, but she was no match for eventual champion Kiki Bertens in the final four.

A runner-up at the French Open last season, Stephens risks dropping out of the top 10 if she doesn’t pick up some points quickly, and Rome is one of her last chances to do just that. She’s never been past the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia - but perhaps Stephens can bring her good form from Madrid to the Italian city? Stephens is 8/15 @ Ladbrokes to win on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Konta has never been at her best on clay, even when she was ranked in the top five a couple of seasons ago. The former Miami Open champion has a negative record on the surface and has never won a match at the French Open in four attempts, although, curiously, she has advanced to the third round in Rome in her last three visits.

Konta also made the final in Rabat and has beaten Alison Riske in Madrid and Rome to make the second rounds, but she didn’t come up against the strongest of opposition in Rabat, while Riske is far from her best on clay, so this is a big step up for Konta in Rome. She’s the 6/4 @ Paddy Power outsider.

Stephens vs Konta match stats


  • Konta won their only previous clash in straight sets in Brisbane earlier in 2019
  • Both players’ best result in Rome is R3
  • Konta has never lost before R3 in Rome

Stephens vs Konta betting tips


Any match involving Stephens is usually quite unpredictable, but I fancy her chances to emerge victorious in this one. Konta’s win in Brisbane was in the first tournament of the season and isn’t really an accurate indicator of how this match will play out, especially on clay, where Stephens is much more suited to the surface than the Brit. Konta’s wins on clay so far this season have been against far lesser-accomplished players, and if Stephens can play like she did in Madrid, she should be able to come out on top.

Stephens vs Konta match odds


Stephens to win - 8/15 @ Ladbrokes
Konta to win - 6/4 @ Paddy Power

Stephens vs Konta recommended bet


Stephens to win at 8/15 @ Ladbrokes

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