Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Indian Wells Open in California. Halep will now play against Kateryna Kozlova from Ukraine.
Kateryna Kozlova enters this match having won her previous match in 3 sets against the number 31 seed, Aliaksandra Sasnovich. During the win, Kateryna Kozlova returned serve exceptionally well as she 50% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. It is important to note that Kozlova struggled with her own serving as she allowed Sasnovich to win 5 return games. The serve looked like a potential problem in the previous match she must improve if she wishes to compete with Halep. This is expected to be a much tougher match for Kateryna Kozlova as Simona Halep in a significantly stronger opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Simona Halep won her previous match with ease. Halep won in straight sets against Barbora Strýcová. During the win, Halep broke her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions while only losing 3 service games. Simona Halep entered this tournament in good form as she finished second at WTA Qatar and made a deep run at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships. Simona Halep has an exceptional record at the Indian Wells Open as she won the title in 2015. With form and venue in her favour, Simona Halep will be tough to beat.
This will be the first time that Simona Halep and Kateryna Kozlova will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Halep is a much stronger player and she has a very good record at Indian Wells. With that in mind, I see Simona Halep taking the victory.