Keys vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Sunday July 31, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Madison Keys square off in the final of the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Simona Halep is coming off a three set victory over Angelique Kerber that took 23 games to decide. Halep has played six sets in her last two matches but is showing she can make the shots when needed most and is very tough to put away. Halep won her first set against Kerber 6-0 and seems highly motivated to put together back-to-back titles after just winning the Bucharest Open. Halep looks for her 14th career title and is 7-3 on hard court in final appearances. Halep appears to be back after some recent struggles early in the season and could find her way in the No. 2 spot again if she stays on this path. Halep has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Kristina Kucova that took 15 games to decide. Keys is coming off an effortless performance in which she lost just three games and has clearly found her rhythm with this being her breakout season at just 21 years old. Keys is very dangerous when she plays her power game while not mixing in much unforced errors. Keys has made in a final appearance in three straight months now and has a chance to improve her No. 9 ranking, which is the highest it’s been in her young career. Keys looks for her third career title and has never played in a final on hard court. Keys has won 11 of her last 14 matches on hard court.
These two have met three times in the past and Halep has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Wimbledon, a match Halep won in three sets. Key’s only win over Halep came in the 2014 Sydney Open.
Both of these players are playing terrific tennis and Keys looks like she’s going to be a force moving forward. However, I can’t bet against the experience of Halep. She’s also athletic enough to counter Keys’ power, which has helped her beat her twice already.
Tough pick, but I like Halep to win the Rogers Cup.