For the first time in their careers, world No. 24 Jil Teichmann and world No. 64 Sloane Stephens will play one another. And the stakes are huge, as the winner will advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open. Teichmann was considered one of the sleepers to make a run in this event before the tournament, but ruling Stephens out would be a mistake. While it’s been a long time since the American has been a consistent force on the WTA Tour, she did make it to the final at Roland Garros back in 2018.
Teichmann had to really grind to earn a win over world No. 15 Victoria Azarenka in her last match, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5). It was a gutsy performance from Teichmann, but it’s fair to wonder whether or not that match will zap her energy heading into this meeting with Stephens. Having a day off to rest should help a lot, but Stephens needed only an hour and 36 minutes to beat world No. 97 Diane Parry in her last match. On the other hand, it took Teichmann three hours and 18 minutes to get through hers against Azarenka.