The first important test of the year for Simona Halep will be in the 3rd round of the Adelaide tournament, against the strong player from Belarus, Aryna Sabalenka, who is in excellent form this season debut.
◾️The young player from Belarus, just 21 years old, is a hope for women’s tennis, having been in the top 20 WTA for a long time, currently occupying the 12th position.
◾️His game is very well adapted to the hard surface of hard, having aggressive kicks from behind the field and a devastating service, with which he easily wins his service games.
◾️After the end of the previous season he finished excellent with 2 wins in the Asian tournaments, he also made his debut in this tournament, where he defeated Su Wei Hsieh in 3 sets, returning excellent in the decisive set, while in the second round he passed without too much trouble by Bernarda Pera.
◾️After a consistent 2019 season, with the Wimbledon supreme title winning, Simona starts the new year from the 4th position in the WTA standings.
◾️Besides the trophy in London, the Romanian also stood out in the Madrid tournament, where she was defeated in the last act by Kiki Bertens, while in Miami she reached the semifinals.
◾️After the defeat in the first round of the double with Raluca Olaru, Simona showed a solid tennis against the powerful player of Australia, Ajla Tomljanovic in the previous round, which she defeated with 2-0 to the sets.
▪️The two players have met up to now 2 times, all the matches being won by Simona, the last one taking place in 2018, on the Cincinnati hard, score 2-0 for the Romanian.
Aryna Sabalenka: Team shape, news and statistics
◽️To reach this stage of the competition, Sabalenka went 2-1 with Su-Wei Hsieh (36 WTA) and 2-0 with Bernarda Pera (70 WTA).
◽️The sportswoman from Belarus is strong, with a height of 1.82 meters, giving her an important advantage on certain playing surfaces.
◽️Born on May 5, 1998, in Minsk, a right-handed player, Sabalenka plays the double-handed reverb, also noticing in the double meetings.
◽️After qualifying for the quarterfinals in Adelaide, Sabalenka said it was very difficult to prepare for the start of the season after the father’s death, which took place at the end of last year.
Simona Halep: Team shape, news and statistics
◽️Simona Halep defeated Anja Tomljanovic (52 WTA) in the previous round with 2-0, this being the first match of the year for the Romanian.
◽️In the end, she thanked coach Darren Cahil for the advice given during the match and stressed how important it is to have him next year when he wants to win another Mared Șlem tournament, maybe even the Australian Open.
◽️During the game with Tomljanovic, Simona told the physical trainer that she is tired, but the condition is normal at the beginning of the season.
◽️Gradually, it will catch up and adapt better to the conditions in Australia, with which it has been in contact since 4 January.
◽️It is nice that Simona seems to have improved her second service, while with the first one she sends very well, strong enough for her height, but especially placed, close to the lines, she managed no less than 7 aces in first tour with Tomljanovic .
🎾Direct match statistics Aryna Sabalenka vs Simona Halep
▪️Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka have only met twice so far in 2018.
▪️The Romanian won in both parties.
▪️The first of these clashes took place in Shenzhen and ended with a score of 6-2, 6-2 in favor of the Wimbledon champion, while the second was in Cincinnati, in the semifinals, score 6-3, 6-4 .
Tennis Prediction of the Day Aryna Sabalenka vs Simona Halep
The form of Arynei Sabalenka in this tournament is an enviable one, her game being an extremely aggressive one, managing in the previous matches many winning balls, which gives her an excellent morale before the start of the match with Simona Halep. Even if the Romanian won the 2 direct matches, I think that the aggressiveness of the Belarusian player will win the cause in this match and this will get a first direct victory against the romance.
Prediction Today: A. Sabalenka
I felt Simona in the match with Tomljanovic that he worked hard at work during this winter break. He gave no less than 7 aces in this first game of 2020. It is true that we only have this milestone, but I found it more aggressive even on the second service. Simona hits harder, but it is not necessarily for her to print the ball at a very high speed, nor does she have the height, but the Romanian is also a technical player, she can feel the ball and the field, she can place her services at T or with effect, towards the side.
Prediction Today: Over 1.5 aces Simona Halep