Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Miami Open. Halep will now face Wang Qiang from China.
Wang Qiang won her previous match in straight sets to make it into this stage of the tournament. During the win, Wang returned serve exceptionally well as she won around 40% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid for Wang Qiang as she won 82% of her service games. This is going to be a much tougher match for Wang as she is playing the number 2 seed.
On the other side of the court, Simona Halep had a very strong win in the fourth round as she beat Venus Williams in straight sets. Simona Halep served exceptionally well as she won 73% of her service points. Halep won 89% of her service games and 44% of her return games to set up a comfortable win. Halep has a very strong record at the Miami Open as she has won 73% of her matches played at this event throughout her career. This is Simona Halep’s fourth appearance at the quarterfinals of the Miami Open so she should be comfortable with the situation of this fixture.
Simona Halep and Wang Qiang have played once in the past in a match that Simona Halep won. The match was played in 2018 at the WTA Indian Wells Open where Simona Halep beat Wang Qiang in straight sets.
Taking everything into notice, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Wang has played well throughout this tournament but Halep has more experience in the big matches and has been playing better tennis. Halep is higher ranked and I see her being too strong for Wang Qiang.