Halep vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 25, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep meet in the second match of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Dominika Cibulkova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 58 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Kerber knows she has to be more effective on her service game and can’t fall asleep like she did in the second set which she lost 2-6. It’s no secret Kerber has been the most consistent player all season, but shaky performances here, and in Beijing & Hong Kong makes you question if fatigue is catching up to the top player in the world. Regardless, Kerber hopes to make it out of the round robin stages of the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. Kerber has won 11 of her last 14 matches on hard court.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Keys that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 72 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points. Halep is going to be tough to beat if she can continue to serve at that level while winning 50 percent of her return points. Halep has now won 14 of her last 20 sets played and is playing with extreme confidence at the moment. We know Halep’s athleticism and defense makes her a tough out against anybody, but her improved serve as of late is what makes her a strong candidate to win the WTA Championships this season. Halep hopes to make it out of the WTA Finals round robin stages for the second time in three tries. Halep has won 11 of her last 15 matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times in the past and Halep has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Kerber won in straight sets. Keber has beaten Halep in three of the last four meetings but did lose this year in the Canadian Masters. Halep is 4-1 against Kerber on hard court.
This should be a hell of a match between two of the bigger names in the tournament. It’s hard to bet against Kerber given the season she’s had and the fact she’s gotten the better of Halep over the years. However, Halep owns Kerber on hard court and is in better form overall. Halep also has the game that can frustrate Kerber, as she’s able to ahg in those long rallies and won’t give away points.
I like Halep to win this match.