Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Simona Halep
|Date & Time||Thursday August 8, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Romanian tennis superstar Simona Halep will play against Svetlana Kuznetsova from Russia in the third round of the 2019 WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was very impressive in the previous round as she defeated Donna Vekic in straight sets. During the victory, Kuznetsova impressed with her receiving as she won 47% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid from Svetlana Kuznetsova as she won over 70% of her service games. Svetlana Kuznetsova is a hugely accomplished player but she is past her peak and deep runs have been rare in recent times. This is expected to be a tough match for Svetlana Kuznetsova as she is playing an elite opponent in Simona Halep.
Looking at Simona Halep, the Romanian superstar looked in decent touch as she defeated Jennifer Brady in 3 sets. Halep lost the opening set but she fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. The receiving was very impressive from Simona Halep as she won 46% of her receiving points which allowed her to break Jennifer Brady’s serve on 7 occasions. Simona Halep has been in outstanding form as she enters this tournament following her title win at Wimbledon. Halep defeated the likes of Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Halep is the reigning champion at the Rogers Cup meaning that she is very comfortable with the conditions at this tournament. Considering her record at this venue and her current form, Simona Halep will be very tough to beat in this tournament.
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Simona Halep have played each other 7 times in the past. Halep has won on 4 occasions while Kuznetsova has won 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 at the Rogers Cup where Simona Halep won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Svetlana Kuznetsova is past her peak and she is not at the same level as Halep. Simona Halep looks in supreme form following her win at Wimbledon and I see her being too good for Svetlana Kuznetsova in this match.