Simona Halep vs Laura Siegemund - WTA Gippsland Trophy
Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 / 10:30pm EST
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Number one seed and world number two Simona Halep of Romania faces sixteenth seed Laura Siegemund in the Round of 16 at the 2021 WTA Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, Australia. The match will take place on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 at approximately 10:30pm EST. The pair have played three times in the past with Siegemund somewhat surprisingly leading by 2 wins to 1. Will Halep settle the score?
Simona Halep has cemented her status as one of the best female players of the modern era, and is a heavy favorite in most tournaments that she plays. As a former world #1, she will be a top contender for the Australian Open title and will be looking to build some more momentum to head into that event. She has not looked altogether convincing here so far, with a rather difficult win over Anastasia Potapova in the Second Round. While it was a straight sets victory, there were a lot of nervy moments She lost her serve at crucial times during the match and if she was playing an opponent with a slightly better serve she may possibly have lost the match. Her experience was crucial in that match and she knows she will have to be much improved to advance here against an opponent that she has struggled with in the past.
Laura Siegemund of Germany is a solid player who is currently ranked #51. She has seen her ranking slide from a career high of #27 but is certainly good enough to get back to that level. After a poor showing in Abu Dhabi, she has looked good here in Melbourne, getting to the Round of 16 without losing a set. She starts this match as the underdog based on ranking and current form but she will back herself to win here, knowing that she has had success against Halep in the past. If she is focused and gets off to a good start, she can cause the upset.
Despite looking lopsided on paper, this match will be closer than it appears. Siegemund has had Halep's number in the past and is not to be taken lightly. That being said, I back Halep here. She is rounding into form and will be desperate for the win to continue her Australian Open preparations and her push to reclaim the world number one spot. Three sets is a strong possibility, but Halep should prevail.