?? Rogers Cup, Montreal. SF Prediction
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? (15) Ashleigh Barty
Expect an entertaining clash between Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty as they meet in Saturday’s first semi-final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Barty arguably has the most versatile game on tour but one suspects she will need to play the match of her life to defeat the world number 1 and former champion.
I’m going to side with Halep here. Halep was extremely impressive in the second half of her victory over Caroline Garcia yesterday, playing tennis worthy of a world number 1. Halep is so solid, so difficult to win points against even when she is not at her very best. Barty is solid at everything but I don’t think she the extreme power to consistently trouble Halep. Halep should have Barty covered from the baseline and the Romanian is so good at making life difficult for opponents that like to move up the court, which Barty does. Ultimately I think this is a good match-up for Halep on this surface and suspect she will be a class above Barty.