Zhang Shuai vs. Simona Halep
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 9, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Chinese tennis superstar, Zhang Shuai has made it into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. At this stage of the tournament, Zhang Shuai will play against Simona Halep from Romania.
Zhang Shuai has had a good tournament and she continued her fine form in the previous round where she defeated Dayana Yastremska in 3 sets. During the win, Zhang received serve exceptionally well. Zhang Shuai won 56% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. The serving was an area of concern for Zhang as she lost 4 service games during the match.
Overall, it has been a good tournament for Zhang Shuai as she has already defeated both Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia. With those big wins, Zhang looks very confident.
On the other side of the coin, Simona Halep played exceptionally well in the previous round as she defeated Coco Gauff in straight sets. Simona Halep displayed her exceptional defensive play as she continuously applied pressure on her opponent’s serve. Simona Halep won 52% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 5 return games. Halep looks in very good form and following her win against Azarenka in the third round, she seems to be playing with a lot of confidence. Simona Halep is hugely accomplished and she will be confident in her ability to win this match.
Simona Halep and Zhang Shuai have played each other 3 times in the past. Zhang has won on 2 occasions while Halep has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 where Zhang won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Halep is playing exceptional tennis and I see her defensive game being too strong for Zhang. Halep was outstanding in her previous match and I see her continuing her good form and securing a spot in the semifinal.