??⬛ Prague Open – R2 Preview + Prediction
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? Barbora Krejcikova
Simona Halep will be back in action on Thursday at the Prague Open when she takes on local wild card Barbora Krejcikova in the second round. The Romanian survived a big scare in the opening round and will be aiming for a more straightforward victory on this occasion.
Halep was pushed to her limits by Polona Hercog in the opening round in Prague. Halep required 7 match points to eventually claim a hard-fought 6/1 1/6 7/6 win. Meanwhile, Krejcikova booked her spot in the second round in Prague with a solid 6/4 6/3 win over Patricia Maria Tig.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.
I expect Halep to produce a more assertive performance than in her first-round match. I think Halep will benefit from her tough opening round match and improve throughout the week. Krejcikova is a doubles specialist at heart, she is unlikely to have the consistency or stamina to stick with Halep on a clay court. A comfortable win for Halep is likely.