Radwanska vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Saturday March 24, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska meet in the third round of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Oceane Dodin that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 64 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Halep managed to comeback after dropping the first set, and while she still shows frustration at times and allows it to impact her game, she’s clearly improved in her mental approach. Halep has come a long way from the days she would throwaway matches due to frustration, and her results will only improve more as the progress improves. Either way, Halep has won eight of her last 12 sets and is fresh off a match in which she won 60 percent of her service points. If that number continues, Halep is the favorite to win the Miami Open. Halep has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Agnieszka Radwanska is coming off a straight sets win over Alison Van Uytvanck that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Radwanska won 60 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Radwanska was finally able to put together a complete performance, as this has been a rough start to 2018. Radwanska won 55 percent of her return points and gave herself 12 break chances, producing that classic defense we’re used to seeing from her. Radwanska hasn’t found a rhythm yet, but she does have 48 career wins over top-10 players and one of them have come this year, so she can never be counted out. Radwanska now hopes to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Australian Open. Radwanska has split her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played 10 times and split the matches at five apiece. The most recent match was in the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, a match Halep won in straight sets. Halep has actually won five of the last seven meetings against Radwanska, with the only loss in that span coming in the 2015 WTA Championships.
Radwanska is off to another one of her slow starts, and playing to the top ranked female in the world doesn’t do her any favors. However, Halep has sprinkled in some hiccups recently and can be beaten if she gets down on herself. These two have similar games, and it’s kind of surprising five of the last six meetings have been decided in straight sets. Either way, I’m siding with Halep, as she’s in better form and has owned the recent history between these two.
Halep wins a competitive match that could go the distance.