Elena Rybakina vs. Simona Halep
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 3:00 AM (Optics Valley Int'l Tennis Center)
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In the third round of the 2019 WTA Wuhan Open, Simona Halep will play against Elena Rybakina.
Elena Rybakina enters this match having won her previous fixture in 3 sets. It was a close match by Rybakina impressed with her receiving which helped her win the overall contest. During the victory, Elena Rybakina won 48% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 7 occasions. The serving was also solid as Elena Rybakina won close to 80% of her service games. It has been a strong few weeks for Elena Rybakina as she recently made the final of the Jiangxi Open. Despite that result, Elena Rybakina is expected to be challenged in this match as she is playing against the number 4 seed.
Looking at Simona Halep, the Romanian superstar won her previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Halep as she won 6 return games and 75% of her service games. The receiving was especially impressive as she won 55% of her receiving points. It has been a strong season for Simona Halep as she recently won Wimbledon and has been playing extremely well. Halep has an outstanding defensive ability and that has made her very tough to beat. Halep made the semifinals of the Wuhan Open in 2016 so she should be comfortable with the atmosphere of this event.
This will be the first time that Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Elena Rybakina is a very promising player and she has been playing exceptionally well over the past few months. That being said, I see her losing this match simply because she is playing against Simona Halep. Halep has been in superb touch and she looked very impressive during the previous round. Simona Halep is a hugely accomplished player and I see her being too good for Elena Rybakina in this match.