Simona Halep vs. Iga Swiatek
|Date & Time||Monday June 3, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Lesia Tsurenko that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 62 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Halep won 54 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 10 break points. Halep got 74 percent of her first serves in play and had just 14 unforced errors. Halep has been broken nine times in her last five sets, but she’s bounced back nicely and hasn’t allowed poor games to leak into other areas of her game. Maybe this is a sign Halep is growing mentally, as the older Halep would have a hard time overcoming a rough serving performance. Halep hopes to make a grand slam quarterfinal for the 12th time in her career and the fourth time in the French Open. Halep has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.
Iga Swiatek is coming off a three sets win over Monica Puig that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Swiatek won 71 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Swiatek won 58 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 12 break points. Swiatek got 53 percent of her first serves in play and saved five of her eight break points. Swiatek showed terrific fight to somehow win a match after dropping the first set without winning a single game. At this point Swiatek, who just turned 18 years old on Friday, is playing with house money, which makes her a dangerous player who can’t be overlooked. Swiatek hopes to make her first career grand slam quarterfinal. Swiatek is now 4-1 for her career in grand slam matches. Swiatek has won six of her last seven matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Halep has another gear she can reach such as becoming more consistent with her serve and giving her opponent less break points. Still, Halep is head and shoulders the favorite to win this tournament, especially after a couple of upsets opening up the draw even more. Swiatek lacks the experience to pull this upset off and has had some close calls already against lesser players. Swiatek winning this match would be one of the bigger grand slam upsets in recent history.
I’ll side with Halep in straight sets.