Simona Halep vs. Flavia Pennetta
|Date & Time||Thursday September 10, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Flavia Pennetta and Simona Halep meet Thursday in the semifinal of the 2015 US Open.
Flavia Pennetta is coming off a three set match over Petra Kvitova and has played 13 sets this tournament. Pennetta is winning at least 60 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Pennetta has combined for 14 aces, 56 winners and 49 unforced errors in her last three matches. Pennetta continues to show fight throughout this tournament and seems to be in good shape despite the heat and tough conditions. Pennetta is doing a solid job with her service game and has 20 or less unforced errors in four of her five matches. Pennetta has looked sharp all tournament and should be very confident. This is Pennetta’s second grand slam semifinal appearance of her career and first since the 2013 US Open. Pennetta has never reached a grand slam final.
Simona Halep is coming off a three set win over Victoria Azarenka and has played 12 sets this tournament. Halep is winning at least 56 percent of her first serve points and 29 percent of her second serve points. Halep has combined for five aces, 70 winners and 61 unforced errors in her last three matches. Halep can certainly improve her service game, as it’s been hit or miss this tournament and she’s coming off a match where she won just 29 percent of her second serve. Halep is also coming off a lengthy match that lasted even longer due to a rain delay. However, Halep looks healthy despite a leg injury and is will continue to fight hard like she always does. This is Halep’s third grand slam semifinal appearance since 2014. Halep hopes to make her second grand slam final of her career.
These two have played four times, and Pennetta leads the series 3-1. Halep beat Pennetta in their most recent match, which came in this year’s Miami Masters. Three of the four matches have been decided in straight sets, and Pennetta’s wins over Halep came in 2013 or earlier. This will be the third time Pennetta and Halep meet on hard court.
You guys should know by now that I’m a huge fan of Halep. Halep is a star in the making and is starting to really rise to the occasion in big moments. I only picked Azarenka in the last match simply because we didn’t know Halep’s health with her banged up leg. However, she looks fine.
Pennetta is no slouch and will put up a fight. But in the end, Halep is too much and will find a way to win this match.