(5) Eugenie Bouchard vs (4) Simona Halep
Mondays second match features two WTA finals debutants, Eugenie Boucahrd and Simona Halep. This is a vital match for both ladies; the loser will find it very difficult to navigate their way through to the final 4 as they will probably need to defeat Serena Williams in order to progress. Both Genie and Simona arrive in Singapore under an injury cloud, especially the Romanian.
These two have met on two preview occasions. Simona Halep won their first meeting earlier this season at Indian Wells, edging past Genie in a tight finish 6-2 1-6 6-4. Genie avenged that loss at Wimbledon to reach her first Grand Slam final. The opening set of their semi-final clash was extremely tight but it was the Canadian who ultimately prevailed in a tiebreaker. The second set was far more straightforward for Genie who outplayed Simona, taking the set 6-2.
This emerging rivalry will only get better and better in the years to come. In this match I suspect Genie has the slight edge. Genie arrived early in Singapore and has spent a lot of time on the practice courts; I believe she is primed and ready for this match. Simona’s movement will probably be somewhat hampered, which is a big deal as Simona relies heavily on her movement. Genie’s ability to be more aggressive is what got her over the line at Wimbledon and should secure her victory here.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Simona Halep in 3 sets