Halep vs Kerber
Simona Halep - Angelique Kerber
These two had some tremendous battles in the past, 5-4 h2h for the German, yet they are meeting for the first time on Kerber's weakest surface and Halep's best.
For the record, Simona has two of her 3 Grand Slam finals right here, in the past 4 years, recording a 16-4 record on the stretch.
On the other hand Angie, wining her 4 matches in order to reach this quarterfinal has just matched her total wins in the past 4 years, as she is 4-4 during this span.
So, after that enormous matchup in the Australian Open semifinal this year, when a fatigued, injured Halep surpassed Kerber on the German's best surface, people are rightfully asking themselves: are we gonna see another two and a half hours thriller.
Well, my answer is no and my bet goes accordingly.
If you see Kerber live in Roland Garros you'll be shocked on how slow paced she's hitting. Of course, she's forcing the others to hit more, and more and more till they miss. Yet Halep has no problem running with her, being the best on court mover in WTA. If you analyze al the World No1's losses on claycourts, they came after big hitting from the opponents. No big hitting, no problem.
I see Simona Halep winning something around 6:4, 6:3 and going further where she would face a more difficult opponent in Garbine Muguruza or Maria Sharapova ... yeap, big hitters.
Let's go green!
Halep vs Kerber prediction
|Simona Halep -3.5 games||Bet365||1.80||9||2-1 WON (+7.2 units)|