Elina Svitolina vs. Simona Halep
|Date & Time||Thursday July 11, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
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Simona Halep has qualified for the semifinals at Wimbledon. At this stage of the tournament, Simona Halep will play against Elina Svitolina from Ukraine.
Simona Halep continued her good form in the previous round where she defeated Zhang Shuai in straight sets. During the win, Simona Halep served exceptionally well. Simona Halep won 66% of her service points which allowed her to win 90% of her service games. Halep also returned serve well as the Romanian superstar won 3 return games.
Halep has looked in outstanding form in this tournament and with most of the top players already eliminated, she is the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament. This is the second time that Simona Halep is playing at the semifinals in Wimbledon. Halep is hugely experienced and considering her recent form, the Romanian will be very tough to stop.
On the other side of the coin, Elina Svitolina also won her previous match in straight sets. It was a good performance by Svitolina as she won 60% of her service games and 6 return games. The receiving was especially impressive since Svitolina won 50% of her return points.
This is the first time that Elina Svitolina has reached the semifinals at a Grand Slam event. Considering Svitolina’s lack of experience at Grand Slam events, she will enter this match at a disadvantage.
Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina have played each other 6 times in the past. Svitolina has won on 4 occasions while Halep has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Qatar Open where Simona Halep won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. While Svitolina has played well in this tournament, she has never reached a Grand Slam final. Halep won the French Open last season and she has played at a semifinal at Wimbledon in the past. Halep is looking in outstanding form and I see her having enough to defeat Elina Svitolina and secure a spot in the final.