She has since kicked on and progressed past Johanna Konta and Veronica Kudermetova, but has had to battle to three sets in each of those victories. The extra tennis in her legs, considering the qualification as well, may come back to haunt her, especially against a much fresher opponent. Her Swedish opponent, Rebecca Peterson, has done well to qualify for Cincinnati.
The Olympic Gold Medalist showed her fight, battling through a three set bout against Angelique Kerber. What was perhaps a low point in the Puerto Ricans season seems to have turned around with the addition of Philippe DeHaes. By the decider, Puig was controlling the court en route to upsetting the #11 seed. It seems Monica Puig has recovered nicely from her coaching change.
Simona Halep vs Rebecca Peterson match information & kick-off time
Their first meeting was way back when they were teenagers, attempting to qualify for Wimbledon. It was Kontaveit that was successful that day but their more relevant match came earlier this year in Miami. This will be a clash of two 23-year-olds who came up through the junior ranks together and now both reside inside the top 20 tennis players on the WTA tour.
The Estonian will certainly need that extra energy saved against Swiatek to come out on top in this match-up. The main area of difference in the match may turn out to be the serve of Ash Barty.
Both Strycova and Jabeur have the kind of game to startle Simona. I wouldnt be surprised if the run of Halep would end in R2. And I wonder if she approaches the smaller tournaments as serious as she does Grand Slams. Strycova is very good at doubles and dares to go to the net, and Jabeur has incredible drop shots. I dont think Simona will get far in Wuhan. Her average score on hardcourt tournaments this year is R3.
Score, report, and key facts
The American struggled with her service as six aces were offset by eight double faults. Riske will need to sharpen up her serve or shell see Puig take advantage. Alison Riske battled back after dropping the first set to Kateryna Kozlova.
Im not thinking of the result anymore, but Im still motivated. Halep will want to bounce back after her disappointing performance in Paris. My goal is just to be well on court and to try to play my best tennis every time I step on the court. With the draw opening wide for her as the fortnight went on, she was overwhelmed by Amanda Anisimova in the quarter finals. I see the tournament different. she said. The Romanian has admitted her mindset has changed since finally winning a slam but she still remains focused.I see tennis different now.
That day Ash Barty was in control, winning in straight sets and progressing to the final as a result. That match forms part of a formidable record on hard courts this calendar year for the Australian, currently 19 wins and only 4 defeats. After an early wobble against Maria Sharapova Barty found her form and was dominant in the second set and really started to show her prowess on the court.
BetClanRebecca Peterson vs Margarita Gasparyan - Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
She has won 76% of her hard court matches in the last year and has done that mainly through dominating on serve, holding her service 78% of the time. She has three tournament wins this year and is quite consistent in reaching the latter stages of tournaments. For a player who can be quite maligned in the sport, having not yet won a Major title, Karolina Pliskova is racking up some seriously impressive numbers.
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Peterson commenced this set in the best possible way after breaking Doi in the 2nd game (2-0) before consolidating her break and lead 3-0. Nevertheless, there was more to do for Peterson to win the set because the Japanese managed to break back in the 5th (2-3) game. Peterson maintained her focus to break Doi in the 6th (4-2) and in the 8th (6-2) game.