Romanian tennis superstar Simona Halep will play against Svetlana Kuznetsova from Russia in the third round of the 2019 WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto. Svetlana Kuznetsova was very impressive in the previous round as she defeated Donna Vekic in straight sets. During the victory, Kuznetsova impressed with her receiving as she won 47% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid from Svetlana Kuznetsova as she won over 70% of her service games. Svetlana Kuznetsova is a hugely accomplished player but she is past her peak and deep runs have been rare in recent times. This is expected to be a tough match for Svetlana Kuznetsova as she is playing an elite opponent in Simona Halep.
1.What is the shape of the players in the last 5 matches?
- Svetlana Kuznetsova
- Last result: 7-6 6-3 vs Vekic
- Shape: W W L L L
Reached 34 years and fallen to the position of 198, the great champion of Russia remains an opponent who demands respect, able to pose problems to anyone on a good day.
This year, Toronto achieved outstanding performance, reaching the pace in the third round, after the victories against Wang Xyi from China and against Croatia Donna Vekic, a result that was one of the surprises of the second round, both by denouement, and by the way it was obtained.
Russia played an almost perfect match against one of the most in-form players of the season, with an excellent percentage of 47% of the points won in return, which helped her to manage 4 breaks during the match.
- Simona Halep
- Last result: 4-6 7-5 7-6 vs Brady
- Shape: W W W W W
Returning to the field, after a break of more than 2 weeks, during which time he did not put the missile in his hand, Simona was surprised by an extremely energetic and competitive replica from the American Brady, sportswoman coming from the qualifications.
Simona was forced to return from 0-1 to the sets and to work seriously to win, winning the next sets in overtime. Thus, the Romanian managed to win after an exhausting match of almost 2 and a half hours, fatigue that is possible to feel in the match against Russia.
At the beginning of the decisive set, Simona blamed a slight physical problem, requesting the intervention of the physiotherapist.
2.News, analysis, statistics and progress about the 2 players.
- It was very close to the first world position in 2007, when it occupied the second position of the WTA hierarchy.
- It is a double Grand Slam winner, having achieved this performance in Paris in 2009 and New York in 2004.
- It has a weaker season, both in consistency and results, with a balance of 7 wins and 7 defeats this year.
- The best performance at the Rogers Cup was a semi-final, played in 2010.
- Last year he did not participate in the tournament.
- Former world leader, Simona occupies the 4th WTA position this week.
- Simona is the winner of last year’s tournament.
- 2 titles, one final and one semi-final has Simona in the 7 present at the Rogers Cup.
- With the victory of the previous round, Simona has reached 8 consecutive victories.
- 4 wins and 3 defeats has Halep against the Russian sportswoman.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Simona Halep
Looking at Simona Halep, the Romanian superstar looked in decent touch as she defeated Jennifer Brady in 3 sets. Halep lost the opening set but she fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. The receiving was very impressive from Simona Halep as she won 46% of her receiving points which allowed her to break Jennifer Brady’s serve on 7 occasions. Simona Halep has been in outstanding form as she enters this tournament following her title win at Wimbledon. Halep defeated the likes of Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Halep is the reigning champion at the Rogers Cup meaning that she is very comfortable with the conditions at this tournament. Considering her record at this venue and her current form, Simona Halep will be very tough to beat in this tournament. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Simona Halep have played each other 7 times in the past. Halep has won on 4 occasions while Kuznetsova has won 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 at the Rogers Cup where Simona Halep won in 3 sets. Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Simona Halep to win this match. Svetlana Kuznetsova is past her peak and she is not at the same level as Halep. Simona Halep looks in supreme form following her win at Wimbledon and I see her being too good for Svetlana Kuznetsova in this match.
Prediction Today: Simona Halep