Belinda Bencic vs Simona Halep
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 12:30 PM (EST)|
Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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The number 3 seed from Romania, Simona Halep, has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Dubai Tennis Championships. At this stage of the event, Simona Halep will play against Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.
Belinda Bencic enters this match having beaten Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round. It was a close match but Bencic held her nerve to win a third set tiebreaker which allowed her to win the overall match in 3 sets. It is important to note that Belinda Bencic struggled with her serve during the previous round as she only won 67% of her service games. With the pressure of a quarterfinal, Belinda Bencic will have to improve her serve if she wishes to compete against Simona Halep.
On the other side of the coin, Simona Halep looked in very good form as she won her previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant performance by Halep as returned extremely well. During the win, Simona Halep won 55% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 7 occasions. Simona Halep enters this tournament in good form as she finished second at the WTA Qatar Open prior to this event. Halep won this tournament in 2015 meaning she will be very comfortable with the conditions.
Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic have played twice in the past with both players winning on one occasion. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at the Rogers Cup where Belinda Bencic won in 3 sets. Simona Halep’s win over Belinda Bencic was in 2014 at Wimbledon where the Romanian superstar won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Halep in a much stronger player and has looked in far better form. Having won this tournament in 2015, I see Simona Halep using her experience to make another semifinal at WTA Dubai.