?? Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Final Prediction
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? Kiki Bertens
I have to side with Halep here. It is clear that Halep is the best player in the world right now and should add another title to her collection with a win over Bertens. There are a number of factors which seemingly give Halep a clear edge here.
Firstly, the hard court surface favours the Romanian. Halep has won several big titles on hard courts and has an outstanding record on this surface over the last few years. Conversely, Bertens has never won a title on a hard court and traditionally has not had a great record on this surface.
Secondly, this is a good match-up for Halep. Halep holds a 3-1 record over Bertens and has won their last 2 matches in straight sets. I think Bertens will struggle to consistently hit through Halep and will certainly be beaten in the majority of extended rallies.
Thirdly, Halep is much more experienced on the big stage and confident in her ability on the biggest of stages. Bertens has played in big matches, but she hasn’t won them.
Halep seemingly has the edge in all departments.