Sloane Stephens will face Elena Vesnina on Friday in the semi-finals of the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International.
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Sloane Stephens has made a very bright start to the 2013 season and is currently in the final four at the Moorilla Hobart International. The 19-year-old was involved in a lengthy quarter-final against her compatriot Lauren Davis on Thursday, but was able to pull through in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 7-5).
Next up for Stephens is a showdown with Russia’s Elena Vesnina. Vesnina earned her berth in the final by ending the run of home hopeful Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Vesnina has defied expectations so far but there’s no denying that she’s capable of going the distance in the event.
This will be the first time that Stephens and Vesnina meet in competitive action. Currently ranked No. 29 in the world, Stephens has got to be the favourite to win here. Even so, the outcome of this tie is anything but a foregone conclusion.