Simona Halep vs. Irina-Camelia Begu, Roland Garros R2 Preview

🇫🇷🐌 Roland Garros, R2 preview + prediction:
🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇷🇴 Irina-Camelia Begu

Simona Halep continues her quest for a second Roland Garros title on Day 4 when she faces a familiar foe in the second round. The top seeded Halep faces countrywoman Irina-Camelia Begu, an opponent she holds a dominant 7-0 head-to-head record against. Halep is superb form at the moment and is a big favourite to continue her winnings ways in this match-up.

Halep made a strong start to her 2020 Roland Garros campaign when she cruised past Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4 6-0. Halep faced an early deficit in her match with the Spaniard when she trailed 2-4 in the opening set but really stepped it up as she won 10 consecutive games to claim her 15th victory in a row. Halep is the form player on tour on clay and has the best record of any player at Roland Garros over the last 6 years, a runner-up in 2014 and 2017, the champion in 2018 and a quarter-finalist in 2019.

Simona Halep of Romania in action during the first round of the first round of the 2020 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Begu moved her way into the second round in Paris with a hard-fought 6/4 4/6 6/3 victory over Jill Teichmann. Roland Garros has been Begu’s most successful major by far, the Romanian has reached at least the third round stage at Roland Garros in 4 of the last 5 years but will need to produce a miracle performance is she is to reach the round of 32 in 2020.

Begu has only managed to take 1 set off Halep in their 7 previous meetings. The most recent meeting between the pair took place at the semi-final stage in Prague a few months ago, Halep won 7/6 6/3. It was in Madrid 2016 that Begu managed to take a set off Halep in a strange 6/3 0/6 6/1 win for Halep.

All signs point to an easy Halep victory here. Halep’s dominant record over Begu, coupled with her strong form and high level of confidence at a tournament she thrives at all spell big trouble for Begu. Halep is too solid in this match-up, Begu doesn’t have the weapons to consistently hurt Halep and she doesn’t have the consistency or stamina to outlast Halep from the baseline.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in 2 sets

Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Leonie Küng, Prague R2 Preview

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?? Irina-Camelia Begu vs. ?? (Q) Leonie Küng

Irina-Camelia Begu and Leonie Küng will do battle for a spot in the quarterfinals on Thursday at the Prague Open.

Begu arrived in Prague fresh from an opening round exit in Palermo last week, Begu was defeated by Laura Siegemund in straight sets. The Romanian responded well with a surprisingly comfortable 6/2 6/2 win over the 9th seeded Anastasija Sevastova in her opening match in Prague. Begu will hope to build on that victory when she faces a far less experienced opponent in the second round.

Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in action during the first round at the 2020 Prague Open WTA International tennis tournament

Küng also arrived in Prague on the back of an opening round loss in Palermo, the 19-year-old was defeated by Tereza Martincova in straight sets in the first round of qualifying. Küng is having a much better week in Prague where she successfully came through the qualifying draw with wins over Ludmilla Samsonova, Laura Ioana Paar and Mayar Sherif, the final two wins being from a set down. Küng booked her spot in the second round with a 6/4 6/3 win over Aliona Boslova.

This will be the first career meeting between Begu and Küng.

I’m going to give Begu the benefit of the doubt in this match-up. Küng has already played 4 matches this week and it feels like this is where her run should come to an end. Begu was impressive against Sevastova in the opening round, I expect her to draw on that win and use her experience to outlast her opponent here.

Prediction: Irina-Camelia Begu to defeat Leonie Küng in 3 sets

Laura Siegemund vs. Irina-Camelia Begu, Palermo R1 Preview

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?? Laura Siegemund vs. ?? Irina-Camelia Begu

Laura Siegemund and Irina-Camelia Begu renew hostilities when they go head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers, this time at the opening round stage of the Palermo Ladies Open.

Laura Siegemund of Germany during practice at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Siegemund holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Begu, the German has won the last 2 matches between the pair, including a 7/5 6/2 victory on clay in Bucharest last year in their most recent clash.

Siegemund and Begu were both active at exhibition events during the official tour shutdown, especially Siegemund. Begu made the final at a national competition in Romania whilst Siegemund won several national competitions in Germany, at one stage the experienced German was on a 12-match winning streak, all matches for both players were played on clay.

I am going to side with Siegemund here. Form and the head-to-head record favour the German. Both like to play on clay, Siegemund’s greater versatility and stamina make this a good match-up for the German on this surface. Siegemund has played a heap of tennis over the last few months so should be ready for battle unlike most other players heading into this tournament.

Prediction: Laura Siegemund to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in 2 sets

Irina-Camelia Begu vs Veronica Cepede Royg, Acapulco R2 Preview

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?? (5) Irina-Camelia Begu vs ?? Veronica Cepede Royg

An interesting second round match-up in Acapulco on Wednesday sees the 5th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu take on Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Begu and Cepede Royg both progressed to the second round in Acapulco courtesy of gritty comeback victories in the opening round. This should be a close match between two fairly similar types of opponents.

Begu looked down and out on several occasions during her opening round win over Christina McHale, Begu was too solid in the end as the 5th seed claimed a 3-6 6-2 6-4 win. Begu was twice down a break in the deciding set but immediately got back to parity on each occasion. Begu has generally been in decent form in 2018 and has a good opportunity to do some damage this week in Acapulco.

Cepede Royg claimed one of the biggest wins of her career to secure her spot in the second round in Acapulco. The Paraguayan defied the odds to come from a set down and defeat Belinda Bencic, a 4-6 7-6 6-3 victory. Cepede Royg is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment, her tennis on a hard court has improved greatly, she would not have been able to beat a player like Bencic on a hard court a few years ago.

It is Begu who holds a 2-1 record over Cepede Royg. All 3 of their previous matches were on a clay court in 2014. It was Cepede Royg who won their most recent match, 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the final of an ITF 50K event.

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Irina-Camelia Begu vs Christina McHale, Acapulco R1 Preview

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?? (5) Irina-Camelia Begu vs ?? Christina McHale

The 5th seeded Irina Camelia Begu begins her 2018 Acapulco campaign with an opening round clash against 2017 semi-finalist Christina McHale. Begu and McHale both arrives in Acapulco with fairly unspectacular form, the American has been particularly disappointing of late. McHale will hope a return to Acapulco will help inspire a form reversal.

Irina-Camelia Begu has had a couple of good results in 2018, most notably her run to the semi-finals in Shenzhen to start the year. Begu has suffered early exits at her last couple of tournaments, beaten by Petra Kvitova in the second round in St. Petersburg and an opening round loss in Doha where she was beaten by Sam Stosur.

Christina McHale has lost 8 of her last 10 matches at the WTA tour level and has not won a tour level main draw match since Tianjin last year. McHale failed to get through the qualifying draw in Doha and Dubai over the last couple of weeks, stumbling at the second round hurdle on both occasions. McHale’s results have been bitterly disappointing given what she has shown she is capable of. The good news for McHale is that she has reached the semi-finals in Acapulco in her last two visits to the event.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. It was Begu who won the most recent match between the pair, a 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory in Madrid in 2016.

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Ana Konjuh vs Irina-Camelia Begu, Wimbledon R2 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 3, R2 Match Preview:
(27) ?? Ana Konjuh vs ?? Irina-Camelia Begu

In an interesting second round clash at SW19 on Wednesday sees the 27th seeded Ana Konjuh take on Romanian: Irina Camelia Begu. Konjuh and Begu both rocketed through their opening round clashes on Monday in straight sets. Ana Konjuh is one to look out for at Wimbledon, the young Croatian’s game is perfectly suited to grass and given the wide open nature of the draw there is potential for Konjuh to cause great damage over the next fortnight.

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Eugenie Bouchard vs Irina-Camelia Begu, Australian Open R4 Preview

(7) Eugenie Bouchard vs Irina-Camelia Begu

Sundays first match of the day on Rod Laver Arena sees seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard take on the unheralded Romanian, Irina-Camelia Begu. The draw has really opened up for the Canadian, so far she has taken full advantage and will look to continue that in this matchup.

Genie is yet to drop a set this week at Melbourne Park and has been tested in just one set throughout her first three victories.

That test came in the opening set of Genie’s third round match against the dangerous Caroline Garcia. Bouchard was wayward for the majority of the set but she kept going after her shots and it eventually paid off as she took the opening set 7-5.

The second set was far more straightforward for Genie, things began to click for the Canadian as she cruised to a 7-5 6-0 victory. Bouchard has now reached the second week of a Grand Slam on five consecutive occasions, a good sign of consistency and professionalism.

 

Irina-Camelia Begu has been one of the fairytale stories at this year’s Australian Open. Prior to this event, the 24 year old Romanian had never progressed past the second round at a major.

Begu arrived in Melbourne on the back of two disappointing first up exits, first in Shenzhen and then in qualifying at the Sydney International. No one would have expected the Romanian to reach the fourth round in Melbourne, probably not even herself.

Begu produced one of the upsets of the tournament in the opening round, stunning Angelique Kerber in three topsy-turvy sets. Begu reached the fourth round with an impressive 6-4 6-4 victory over Witthoeft.

 

Begu certainly has nothing to lose, she has exceeded all expectations this week and can be proud of her efforts regardless of Sunday’s result.

This will be the first career meeting between these two competitors. Eugenie Bouchard will undoubtedly be the heavy favourite and should get the job done in straight sets.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets