Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep will begin her 2019 WTA Indian Wells Open in the second round since she received an opening round bye due to her high seeding. Halep’s first match at the tournament will be against Barbora Strýcová from the Czech Republic.
Barbora Strýcová won her opening match in straight sets as she beat Viktorija Golubic. During the victory, Barbora Strýcová returned serve exceptionally well as she won 57% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 7 occasions. Barbora Strýcová won 70% of her return games which is a notable accomplishment. It is important to note that Strýcová had her own issues while serving as she won only 50% of her service games. This match will be a much tougher task for Barbora Strýcová as she is playing the number 2 seed.
Simona Halep, on the other hand, enters this match in decent form as she finished second at the WTA Qatar Open and made the quarterfinals of the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships. Halep has a record of 8-4 for the season which shows that she is in decent form. Simona Halep has an exceptional record at the Indian Wells Open as she has won 75% of her matches played at this venue which includes a title win in 2015. Halep made the semifinals of this tournament last season meaning that she will be confident about playing at this venue.
Barbora Strýcová and Simona Halep have played each other 5 times in the past. Halep has the stronger head-to-head record of 4-1. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at the Rogers Cup where Simona Halep won in straight sets.
All in all, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Halep is the stronger player and has a much stronger record at Indian Wells. I see Halep winning this match with some ease as she is a significantly stronger player than her opponent.