Serena Williams vs Simona Halep, Indian Wells SF Preview

Indian Wells SF #1 (1) Serena Williams vs (3) Simona Halep

Serena Williams and Simona Halep will renew hostilities on Friday at the BNP Paribas Open in a blockbuster semifinal matchup between the two top players so far in season 2015. This will be Serena Williams’ biggest test in her much anticipated return to the Californian desert, the world number 1 will need to significantly raise her level if she is to stop the rampaging Romanian.

Serena Williams became the first American to reach the semi-finals in Indian Wells since Lindsay Davenport all the way in 2005 with a hard fought 7-5 6-3 victory over Timea Bacsinszky. Serena was wayward early in the match but eventually cracked her opponent late in each set, her firepower too much for a crafty Bacsinszky to handle, ending Timea’s 15 match winning streak. Serena has admittedly not been at her best this week, however she has done just enough to get herself over the line, as she often does.


Serena has been slow out of the blocks in all four of her matches this week, a re-emerging theme throughout almost all of her matches this year. Serena cannot afford a similar slow start on friday when she comes up against an already confident Simona Halep. Serena knows better than anyone what Simona is capable of, the American was crushed by Simona in Singapore late last year. Serena says she has been looking forward to this matchup ever since this the draw came out and will undoubtedly step up her intensity in preparation for a high quality battle.

Given the recent tragic circumstances in Simona Halep’s private life, the Romanian has fought courageously hard this week to reach the semifinal stage at the BNP Paribas Open for the second year in a row. Simona has gradually improved this week and looks ready to give the world number 1 a run for her money on Friday evening.


Simona Haled laboured through her first up victory over Daria Gavrilova before producing much improved performances to record victories over Varvara Lepchenko and Karolina Pliskova. The Romanian advanced to the semifinals courtesy of a 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Simona made an uncharacteristically poor start in her quarterfinal victory, hitting a whopping 26 unforced errors in the first. However the Romanian found her range in the second set, substantially cutting down her errors and forcing her opponent to make a lot more mistakes with some stunning movement on the baseline. Simona will enter her semifinal matchup with Serena Williams with absolutely nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

Serena Williams has a 4-1 head to head record over Simona Halep. The two traded victories at last years WTA Finals in Singapore, Simona famously thumped Serena 6-0 6-2 at the round robin stage, handing the world number 1 her worst loss since she was just 16 years of age. Serena avenged that loss with a comprehensive 6-3 6-0 victory in the final as she claimed her fifth Season Ending Championship.

I’m going to side with Simona Halep on this occasion. Given Serena has been far from her best so far in the Californian desert, there is real reason to believe that Simona Halep was a real chance to cause another upset victory over the world number 1.

Serena hasn’t served well at all this week, the American’s serve has been consistently broken as she has failed to win as many free points as she usually would. Given Simona Halep is one of, if not the best returner in the game, Serena will need to serve much better on Friday.

The conditions in California suit the Romanian and will give her an extra edge in this matchup. Simona is playing with so much confidence at the moment, she will not be daunted by the occasion and will be very confident coming into this match given her stunning victory over the world number 1 in Singapore late last year. It won’t be easy, but I think Simona will get the job done.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Serena Williams in 3 sets

0 responses to “Serena Williams vs Simona Halep, Indian Wells SF Preview”

  1. I am with you on this one too. I think Halep has a real good chance. Her attitude and play have again moved up from Dubai, from the way she got through all the matches IW here. All I can say, it was a delight to sit through it all (alas through streaming tennistv) seeing how she tries to find a way to get to the end.

    So regardless who wins, I am not giving up any thing not to watch this live 😉
    ps. I also thought Karo would win at Dubai, but was proven wrong. So hoping that I can my icing on the cake this time with a Halep win. Love the gracious of Serena though.

  2. Simona victories over Daria, Lepchenko and Carla were not very convincing. She has to play three sets to win. I doubt Serena will give her chance to come back like Carla and Lepchenko. Not to mention that she used the MTO to disrupt Lepchenko momentum in the second set because she couldn’t handle heavy ground strokes.

    The court actually suits Serena more because the court is slow and ball bounds higher than average hard court. Serena is aging, slower court gives her times to smack the balls. In addition, Simona only weapon is her speed where she uses her speed to generate power when she hits the balls. Slower court means the velocity of the ball will reduce.

    Please don’t forget that Serena has powerful serves. If you talk about WTA Singapore Final. Serena was sicked in the first match so she lost to Simona. Did you remember that Simona actually got bagel in their semi rematch.

    Serena will take this one because she is motivated. Simona will find it very difficult to handle her forehand.

    • Serena got a bagel from Halep too in the round Robin phase. Actually Simona won 6-0, 6-2, whilst Williams won 6-3, 6-0.
      All in all one game more for Halep. 🙂
      And they did play the finals in Singapore not the semis.
      Jocas, face it. You’re just biased against Halep.

      • Simona won in the first round because Serena was having stomach problems and it had written all over the WTA news. The difference was Serena took the WTA Singapore Year End Title… Me you have to face it not me. Serena is 4-1.

        Serena has 19 Grand Slam and multiple titles on tour and gold medals from the Olympics. Sorry I don’t think Halep can achieve this far. She may win a few Grand Slam on her lucky day after Serena retirement.

        As for this match, it is on Serena’s racquet. Again, this is the reality you have to face it! lollllll!

        • I personally do not agree with your reasoning:

          1) You can’t say, that because Serena has won 19 grand slams, that she is going to win. Beginning last year, she had 17 and still lost to Garbine Muguruza, Ana Ivonovic, 3 times against Alize Cornet (once retd.), Jana Cepelova. Don’t you think, that because she had 17 Grand Slams and Olympic Gold, that she would have won?

          2) Serena has shown, that even when injured or ill, she is able to win multiple matches, so because she had a stomach ache, she lost? I do not agree. Serena is able to win ill or not. And yes, it might have affected her, but I do not believe that is why she lost against Halep in the WTA Year end Robin Round.

          3) Simona halep is not number 3 in the world for nothing. She is a brilliant player and that is why she is doing so well.

          4) Anyone can win a match on any day. If Serena or Simona were to play someone ranked 155, they could still lose.

          5) Before you say I am a Serena hater, I am not, she is actually the reason I started watching tennis and is still watching it till today. Simona Halep is my second favourite. These two are the reason I watch tennis.

          6) I believe history and experience and titles does not have a lot to do on the day. It is a new match and anyone can win the match.

          I don’t care who wins, I am happy with either being in the finals (^_^)

    • Are you for real?

      Serena sick in Singapore? LOL. Simona taking a tactical MTO (she doesn’t do that sort of thing)? Simona’s only weapon being her speed? You clearly don’t know about her stunning Backhand down the line, her ability to rally with the best of them etc.

      Let’s have some objectivity please.

    • Typical Simona’s fans, they just like to troll everywhere they go on the Internet. My life is mine. You don’t have to tell me to get a life.

      It is just a match, you guys do not have to be so desperate to put down anyone who comments from their opinions. Simona may be a nice person but her fans just too cheap and uneducated. It doesn’t look good on her. Perhaps Romania has such culture likes to bully because they live in a poor life.

      • Tell you what! Wouldn’t be better to take the time to learn proper English (regardless where the hell you are) and grab a racquet and hit some tennis balls instead of sitting your fat as on a chair in front of a computer screen and use your nut size brain to make idiotic comments about something you clearly have no idea? As I said, for the last time, get a life kid.

      • “you guys do not have to be so desperate to put down anyone who comments from their opinions.” … … “Perhaps Romania has such culture likes to bully because they live in a poor life.”

        Pot. Kettle. Black.

        FYI, Simona has many non-Romanian fans too. I’m just one of them from the UK.

      • I cannot believe you have the nerve to say that in my opinion it is just downright depressing. Opinion is one thing but speculation is a whole different thing. So do yourself a favour and live in Romania for a few years before you say stuff like that. There is no reason to bee that cocky and downplay Halep that much. So do yourself a favour and don’t post bulls***

  3. Ohh, by the way, there is a typo in my comment, can you get that? Be smart, do what you know or learn new stuff the proper way.

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