Safarova vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Thursday September 1, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Lucie Safarova meet in the second round of the 2016 US Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 14 games to decide. Halep continued her momentum as she dominated her first round match, which included a first set victory of 6-0. Halep is playing great defense and making little to no unforced errors. When Halep is putting that type of pressure on her opponent and forcing them to make the mistake, she’s one of the tougher players on tour to beat. Halep has lost before the third round of a grand slam three times since 2015. Halep has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
Lucie Safarova is coming off a straight sets win over Daria Gavrilova that took 20 games to decide. Safarova needed a pick me up victory, as she’s really struggled since the Wimbledon, which included retiring in the second round of the olympics. Safarova has dropped quite a bit in the rankings since being a top-five player last year and would love nothing more than to pull off a big upset here to get back on track. Safarova has 23 career wins over top-10 players but none of them have come this season. Safarova has made at least the third round of a grand slam in four of her last five appearances. Safarova has lost eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have met four times in the past and Halep has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Cincinnati Masters, a match Halep won in straight sets. Safarova’s only win over Halep came in the 2011 Canadian Masters.
It’s only a matter of time before Safarova turns things around, but it won’t be here. Halep is playing her best tennis of the season right now, has the massive head to head advantage and is one of a few women who has a realistic chance of winning this title.
Give me Halep in another easy match.