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Sloane Stephens vs Coco Gauff Tips - 3 sets expected

  • Women's Singles Round 2 match set at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday (00:00 BST Thursday)
  • This is the first meeting between Stephens and Gauff
  • Stephens beat Madison Keys in the first round
  • Stephens won the US Open title in 2017
  • Gauff defeated Magda Linette in her opening match
Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff (KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
It’s another fascinating all-American affair for former champ Sloane Stephens in the second round, facing 21st seed Coco Gauff.

Stephens, currently ranked 66th, upset Madison Keys – the player she beat in the 2017 US Open final – 6-3 1-6 7-6 in the first round. It wasn’t Stephens’ cleanest display, but it displayed the gritty counterpunching that makes the 28-year-old a formidable proposition for any player on her day.

She boasts an impressive 23-3 record in Grand Slam second-round matches. Earlier this year Stephens beat top-20 seeds Karolina Pliskova and Karolina Muchova on her way to the fourth round of the French Open, while she rolled Petra Kvitova first up at Wimbledon before being eliminated in the third round.

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens (Elsa/Getty Images)
Seventeen-year-old phenom Gauff has made it beyond the second round in five of her eight Grand Slam tournament appearances to date. She reached a maiden quarter-final at this year’s French Open, losing to eventual champ Barbora Krejcikova (who also bounced Stephens).

Gauff came from a set down to beat Magda Linette 5-7 6-3 6-4 in her US Open opener.

Ruled out of the Olympics after returning a positive COVID-19 test, Gauff returned with a quarter-final run at the Canadian Open and took Naomi Osaka to three sets in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.

The duo’s first meeting shapes as a genuine blockbuster. Stephens was once in Gauff’s position – a teenage gun rated American tennis’ next big thing – but never quite kicked on. She’s played some tremendous Grand Slam tennis of late, however, and will push the in-form Gauff to her limit.

Verdict

I’d be surprised if this didn’t go to three sets, as their respective first-round assignments did. But the wily, experienced Stephens’ value is hard to resist as a $2.98 underdog.

Best Bet: 3 Sets Total Sets $2.75 at Palmerbet - 1 Unit
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