Simona Halep vs Kurumi Nara Tennis Prediction
Top seed Simona Halep will begin her eighth appearance at the All England Club, with a 5-2 record in first round matches. She registered her best result here in 2014, by reaching the semifinal (l. Bouchard) and has also reached back-to-back quarterfinals in 2016 (l. Kerber) and 2017 (l. Konta).
The Romanian ended her long wait for a Grand Slam title at the French Open last month, defeating the reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens from a set and break deficit. She was expected to play at Eastbourne but withdrew from the tournament citing a foot injury.
Kurumi Nara will make her sixth main draw appearance at Wimbledon, having advanced to the second round on four occasions, but couldn’t go any further. The Japanese own only one top 10 win in her career (1-8), having defeated #7 Kuznetsova at the 2017 US Open.
Nara is arriving at London after failing to win even one main draw match in the entire season, going 0-8 to date. The former world #32 has won two qualifying matches at Eastbourne (d. Birrell and Vickery) as her only grass wins of the year.
Halep defeated Nara 6-2 6-2 in 67 minutes in the second round of 2014 Indian Wells in their only previous meeting. Having not played a grass event since Paris, the world #1 arrived at London a week early to practice. She is seeking to avoid her worst loss-by-ranking since 2017 US Open (l. #146 Sharapova in the first round).
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