Simona Halep vs Anastasija Sevastova, Cincinnati R3 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ??? Cincinnati R3 Preview + Prediction
(2) ?? Simona Halep vs (15) ?? Anastasija Sevastova

Simona Halep continues her Cincinnati campaign on Thursday morning with a third round clash against the 15th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. Halep looms as one of the favourites to win the title this week and heads into this third round clash full of confidence given her recent domination of Sevastova. Halep has won the last three matches between the pair, all in straight sets, dropping a combined 7 games throughout three comfortable wins.

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Simona Halep advanced to the third round in Cincinnati thanks to a reasonably easy 6-4 6-1 win over Taylor Townsend. Halep trailed for much of the first set but was far too good when she got going late in the first set. Halep arrived in Cincinnati fresh off a semi-final showing in Toronto last week, it has been a good start to the U.S Open series for the Romanian. Sevastova started her week by coming from a set down to defeat Shuai Peng before beating Roberta Vinci 6-2 7-5 to give herself a shot at redemption against Halep.

Halep has been totally dominant in this match-up in recent times and given her strong recent form there is little to suggest that this match will be any different. Halep has smashed Sevastova 3 times in the last year and a big, however all of those matches were on a clay court. The quicker conditions in Cincinnati may give Sevastova a chance to win a few more games but ultimately this is a great match-up for Halep and the Romanian will again be far too strong here.

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Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Anastasija Sevastova in 2 sets

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