On Tuesday, world No. 69 Ajla Tomljanovic and world No. 57 Sloane Stephens will face one another at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Stephens will be carrying a 5-0 head-to-head record into this match, so there will be a serious mental hurdle for Tomljanovic to overcome. The Australian is, however, coming into this tournament on the heels of a run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
With Tomjlanovic playing the better tennis coming into this one, it’s hard to focus so heavily on head-to-head history. Stephens, just 10-10 in 2022, isn’t the same player she was when she was blazing her trail through the WTA Tour from 2015 to 2018. The last time these two met was in April 2021; since then, Stephens hasn’t had any major breakthroughs, with a small win at the Abierto Zapopan being the highlight of this uninspiring stretch for the 2017 US Open champion.