Simona Halep vs. Ashleigh Barty
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Madrid Masters in Spain. Simona Halep will now face Ashleigh Barty from Australia.
Ashleigh Barty has been in incredible form recently as she won the Miami Masters prior to arriving in Spain. This is the first clay tournament that Barty is playing in 2019 and she has started well. In her previous match, Ashleigh Barty played against Yulia Putintseva whom she beat in 3 sets. It was not the most convincing display as Barty lost the opening set 6-4 and lost 3 service games. Ashleigh Barty is heavily reliant of her power and the clay court conditions are not suited to her style of tennis. This is evident as Ashleigh Barty has never won a title on clay and she has never made it into the quarterfinals of a major clay court event. This is expected to be a tough match for Ashleigh Barty as Simona Halep is very strong on clay.
Simona Halep looked very impressive in her previous match Viktória Kužmová in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Halep as she didn’t lose any games in the entire match. Simona Halep has a phenomenal record on clay as she has made the French Open final 3 times including her 2018 title win at Roland Garros. Halep also has a very strong record at this tournament as she won the Madrid Masters in 2016 and 2017. Considering her record on clay, Simona Halep will be very tough to beat.
Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty have played each other 3 times in the past. Barty has won on 1 occasion while Halep has won twice.
Ashleigh Barty has been in good form but the Australian is very weak on clay. Halep is a very accomplished clay court player and the Romanian was exceptional in her previous match. Halep has won this tournament twice and I see the Romanian continuing her strong record at Madrid by winning this match.