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

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