?? Australian Open , R1 Prediction
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? Kaia Kanepi
Simona Halep heads into her opening round match at the Australian Open well aware of how dangerous Kaia Kanepi can be. Kanepi stunned Halep at the opening round stage of the US Open last year with a straight set victory. On a fast hard court, Kanepi’s powerful game can cause Halep problems if the Estonian is at her best. Kanepi was certainly at her best the last time they played but seems unlikely to be at her best on this occasion.
I suspect Halep will be too strong for Kanepi in Melbourne, Halep won’t make the same mistake again. The two main factors here are: Halep will be keen for revenge and is primed and ready to go whilst Kanepi has not played a match in over 4 months and will surely be rusty. Halep was understandably tired when the pair last played, this time she is fresh and healthy and in her prime. Halep is number 1 in the world for a reason, she loves a challenge, she will be up for this one and will get the win.