Simona Halep looks poised for the race to defend her title at the Rogers Cup, following the grueling match against American Jennifer Brady, which she defeated in the second round with 7-6 in the decisive set. In the finals, the Romanian will meet the experienced Russian player, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and the match will take place on Thursday.
Reaching 34 years, the Russian has played a few tournaments last season, falling to 198 WTA, being close to falling in the 3rd WTA.Returning to the circuit in Lugano, in April after a half-year break, Kuznetsova has not achieved any notable results in the last 4 months.In Toronto he got the best result so far, where he received an invention from the organizers, winning the first 2 matches of the tournament, and in the second round provided a great surprise by eliminating Mrs. Vekic in a minimum of sets.
Even though he is “only” in the 4th place in the WTA standings, Simona is going through the best period of her career after winning the Wimbledon trophy.He returns to the Rogers Cup from the position of champion in title, having many points, but said he feels very prepared, while being relaxed.In the first match of this tournament he had a very difficult match against Jennifer Brady, feeling that he took a long competitive break and suddenly changed the playing surface.
The two players have met so far 7 times, the score being 4-3 in favor of Simona, the last match taking place in 2016, also at the Rogers Cup, where Simona prevailed with 2-1 in the sets.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Simona Halep
Simona Halep seems to have passed the reshuffling phase with the official matches following a very intense duel with Jennifer Brady, starting the favorite against Svetlana Kuznetsova, despite her victory against Mrs. Vekic. I expect Simona to “pass” the match in a minimum of sets, without having the emotions of the previous match and conserve energy for the next stages of the tournament.
Prediction Today: Simona Halep
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