Osaka vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Friday March 16, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka meet in the semifinals of the 2018 Indian Wells Masters.
Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Petra Martic that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 72 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Halep showed great fight once again in her quarterfinal victory, as she had many chances to give away the match but found a way to prevail. Halep can still improve, as her second serve was nonexistent, but she’s no longer allowing mental errors to leak into other games, resulting in a much more consistent player. Halep is almost unbeatable when she’s not beating herself. Halep has won six of her last eight semifinal appearances. Halep hopes to make her third final appearance of the year and the 30th of her career. Halep has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a straight sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Osaka is enjoying one of her most impressive tournaments, as she’s fresh off a win over a top-five player and added wins against Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova earlier. I’ve been riding the Osaka hype train from the very beginning, and we’re starting to see what she’s fully of capable of when playing to her potential. If Osaka can add a win over the top ranked player in the world to what she’s done already this week, she’ll have the entire tennis community on notice. Osaka hopes to make her second career final appearance and first since the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Osaka has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Halep has won all three meetings. The most recent match was in this years Australian Open, a match Halep won in straight sets. However, two of the three matches have gone the distance.
Two of my favorite players going at it, as Halep is currently the top player in the world and playing her most consistent tennis, and Osaka is the future of women’s tennis, capable of beating anyone when she’s on. The problem is Osaka has had issues with consistency and usually fizzles out the deeper she gets into tournaments. Osaka is still extremely young and struggles under pressure at times.
Halep reaches the semifinals.