?? Roland Garros, SF Prediction
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? (3) Garbine Muguruza
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This is an extremely tight match to call, Halep and Muguruza both play their best tennis at Roland Garros, both are extremely determined and playing great tennis at the moment. Halep and Muguruza have been the two most successful players at Roland Garros over the last 4 years, Halep a two-time former finalist and Muguruza the champion in 2016.
I’m going to give the slight edge to Halep. This is the fifth time Halep has had a huge opportunity to claim a maiden Grand Slam title, surely this is the time that the world number 1 finally pulls through and captures that elusive Slam title. Halep is a different person, she is mentally tougher and is seemingly ready to take that next step after a gutsy win over Kerber yesterday for a set down.
There is no doubt that Muguruza is playing great tennis but in truth she is yet to really be tested in Paris, some of that goes down to the fact that her opponents have simply not played well. Halep will provide a much tougher test of Muguruza, is the Spaniard up for the challenge?
On this surface I think the match-up favours Halep. Halep is able to get into more extended rallies with Muguruza where she will come out on top more often than not. Halep has the better movement on this surface and will have more time to deal with the power of Muguruza as opposed to a hard court. Halep has the more versatile game and is the better athlete. This is Halep’s time.