Simona Halep vs. Eugenie Bouchard
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 9:00 AM (EST)|
Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Dubai.
Simona Halep seems to have gotten her feet under her when you consider she’s won eight of her last 10 matches, but she’s coming off a loss in Doha for the title. It’s the same song and dance for Halep in final appearances, as she looks so good throughout the tournament and then lays an egg far too often. There’s now news that Halep has decided to split with coach Thierry van Cleemput due to court chemistry not being there. It’s going to be very interesting to see Halep handles everything from the upset loss to breaking up with her coach, especially on a short turnaround. Halep has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Eugenie Bouchard is coming off a straight sets win over Vera Lapko that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Bouchard won 63 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Bouchard won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 13 break points. Bouchard continues to be hit or miss, as she’s struggled to recapture the magic from 2014 that had many pegging her as the next star in women’s tennis. Still capable of brilliant tennis when she puts everything together, but it’s just flashes and inconstancy from Bouchard. Bouchard has 12 career wins over top-10 players, but none of those have come since the 2017 Madrid Masters. Bouchard has split her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played four times and Halep has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2018 Australian Open, a match Halep won in straight sets. Three of the four meetings were decided in straight sets and Bouchard’s only win over Halep came in the 2014 Wimbledon.
Betting on Halep is risky business, as you’re never quite sure which player is going to show up, and it doesn’t help that she’s now dealing with off the court issues. Bouchard is worth a look here, but then you’re reminded that hasn’t beaten a top-10 player in nearly two years and is even more inconsistent than Halep.
Halep can win this match with her B game, so I’ll back the Romanian.