Simona Halep vs. Viktoria Kuzmova
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Viktoria Kuzmova meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 64 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Halep won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 13 break points. Halep has won all four sets this tournament and is coming off a match where she got 75 percent of her first serves in play. While we know things can change at any moment with Halep, she’s playing as consistent as we’ve seen her this year and is a legit threat to make a title run. Halep hopes to win three matches for the fourth time in her last six tournaments. Halep has won each of his last nine matches on clay court.
Viktoria Kuzmova is coming off a straight sets win over Carla Suarez-Navarro that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kuzmova won 78 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Kuzmova won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her six break points. Kuzmova has won all four sets this tournament and just outshot a creative, tough matchup in Navarro, which is a major confidence boosting victory for the 20-year-old. Kuzmova looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Dubai. Kuzmova has one career win over a top-10 player, which came this year against Kiki Bertens in Dubai. Kuzmova has split her last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Kuzmova will be in this match if she has another match where she controls her unforced errors, but betting against Halep isn’t an option when you consider her current form and the fact she’s won nine straight matches on clay. As long as Halep continues to play at this level and builds on this confidence on this surface, this is her tournament to lose.
Give me Halep in straight sets.