Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Simona Halep - 1/14/20 Adelaide International Tennis Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Simona Halep

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:00 AM (Memorial Drive Tennis Centre)

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Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep will begin her season at the 2020 Adelaide International in Australia. Simona Halep will begin her tournament in the second round where she will face Ajla Tomljanović from Australia. 

Simona Halep received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. This will be the first time that Simona Halep will be playing in 2020 after she decided to not play at the Brisbane International. 2019 was a relatively strong season for Simona Halep with the Romanian winning Wimbledon. In addition to that, Simona Halep also made the final of the Qatar Open and Madrid Open. With the Australian Open starting next week, Simona Halep will be desperate to produce a big performance at the Adelaide International. 

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On the other side of the coin, Ajla Tomljanović won her previous match in straight sets. It was a good performance by Ajla Tomljanović as she impressed with her receiving. Tomljanović won close to 50% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. The serving was also solid from Ajla Tomljanović as she won 70% of her service games. Despite that win, Ajla Tomljanović must produce her best match if she wishes to compete with Simona Halep. 

Simona Halep and Ajla Tomljanović have played each other twice in the past. Simona Halep has won both prior head-to-head matches. The most recent match between these two players was last season in the Fed Cup where Halep won in 3 sets. 

Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Halep has not played in 2020 so she may be slow at the start of the match but I see the Romanian being good enough to get into her process. Simona Halep is the stronger player and she should be good enough to beat Ajla Tomljanović.

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