Round 3 at Roland Garros brings Simona Halep her first tougher attempt. Her opponent no longer comes from 70th place (Sara Sorribes Tormo) or 73rd (Irina Begu), but from the World Top 30: Amanda Anisimova (29th place WTA).
But Ant is something different: with Begu and Sorribes Tormo did not lose any match in the WTA circuit, with Anisimova he lost the only direct confrontation. And not everywhere, but even on the clay from Roland Garros, last year, in “quarters”.
It was an incredible 6-2, 6-4, managed by a 17-year-old and 9-month-old girl from the champion of the previous edition of the Paris Open. Simona was a Roland Garros specialist, she had played 3 finals in 5 years, but last year she stumbled against any tennis logic.
From here starts the story of this match between Simona Halep (29 years old, 2nd place WTA) and Amanda Anisimova (19 years old, 29th place WTA).
Bookmakers give Simona a big favorite, with odds of 1.20-1.22, compared to 4.30-4.70 for her opponent. But the match does not look so unbalanced.
Simona Halep: Team form, news and statistics
Simona Halep is going through a formidable period of her career, with a series of 16 unbeaten matches!
The Romanian has not lost a game in 8 months, since the terrible semifinal of the Australian Open: 6-7, 5-7 with Garbine Muguruza (January 30, Melbourne).
This year, Simona played 24 matches: 22 victories and only 2 defeats (at Sabalenka and Muguruza)!
In the last 22 games, Simona has lost only once (with Muguruza)!
No other tennis player on the circuit has such a balance this year. A balance that, if enriched with 5 more consecutive victories, will bring Simona the second triumph at Roland Garros and the third “dismounted” on the 1st place in the world hierarchy.
Simona’s exceptional form is given by another argument: she won the last 3 tournaments she participated in (Dubai, Prague, Rome), after a semifinal at the Australian Open!
And another premiere: the tournament in Rome, a prelude to Roland Garros, was the first in Simona’s professional career in which two of her opponents (Pliskova and Putintseva, both in the upper stages) could not complete the match, injuring himself in the infernal game rhythm imposed by the Romanian.
🎾Simona Halep (Romania, 2nd place WTA) – Last 5 matches:
* 6-3, 6-4 with Irina Begu (Romania, 73) – Roland Garros, round 2
* 6-4, 6-0 with Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain, 70) – Roland Garros, round 1
* 6-0, 2-1 (withdrawal) with Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 4)
* 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 with Garbine Muguruza (Spain, 15)
* 6-2, 2-0 (withdrawal) with Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan, 27).
Amanda Anisimova: Team form, news and statistics
Amanda Anisimova did not have a great year, but she found her high level of play at Roland Garros, where she left like a shotgun.
The two indigo victories (6-2, 6-0) impressed, especially in front of a 62nd place WTA player (Bernarda Pera).
Anisimova also played well in Rome, where she eliminated Donna Vekic and lost hard to Dayana Yastremska.
Anisimova seems more mature in the game and mentally stronger than at last year’s Roland Garros, when she reached the semifinals (eliminated by Ashleigh Barty, who would win the tournament).
🎾Amanda Anisimova (USA, 29th place WTA) – Last 5 matches:
* 6-2, 6-0 with Bernarda Pera (USA, 62) – Roland Garros, round 2
* 6-2, 6-0 with Tamara Korpatsch (Germany, 123) – Roland Garros, round 1
* 2-6, 3-6 with Jil Teichmann (Switzerland, 53)
* 6-4, 6-7, 4-6 with Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine, 28)
* 7-6, 7-6 with Donna Vekic (Croatia, 30).
🎾Statistics of direct matches Simona Halep vs Amanda Anisimova
The match of June 6, 2019, in the “quarters” of Roland Garros, was the only direct confrontation between the two players.
It was Simona’s weak day: Anisimova won 6-2, 6-4.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Simona Halep vs Amanda Anisimova
It is the type of match that gives you emotions, even if Simona looks on an excellent shape curve. If we look at the numbers, we see that Anisimova has made a formidable Roland Garros so far, with two impressive victories, both 6-2, 6-0!
Of course, Simona Halep is not Tamara Korpatsch or Bernarda Pera, she is the favorite no. 1 of this autumn edition of the Paris Open. But Anisimova doesn’t seem to be the tennis player she beats 6-3, 6-2 either!
This is the score that would leave us without money for the proposed bet. But 6-4, 6-2 or 6-3, 6-3 or any other tighter score, in favor of Simona Halep, would bring us victory. There is also the option for the American to win a set, which would increase our chances of winning. Theoretically, Anisimova could win the match, but I don’t even want to think about this option!
Bet Tips: Handicap Games: Anisimova +6.5