Simona Halep vs Barbora Strycova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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Simona Halep will begin her 2017 Stuttgart campaign with a second round clash against Barbora Strycova. Halep enters the Porsche Tennis GP in the best form that she has been in all year, the Romanian claimed two comfortable wins on the weekend to help secure a 3-2 Fed Cup triumph over Great Britain. Strycova will be no pushover, the Czech is always a difficult prospect, especially for someone playing their first match of the tournament.

Barbora Strycova became the first main draw winner in Stuttgart courtesy of a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Jennifer Brady. Strycova has not been at her best since the Australia summer and clay has always been her least preferred surface. Nevertheless, Strycova is capable of having a good week in Stuttgart, the fast indoor clay courts are much better suited to the Czech’s game than a regular clay court.

Simona Halep will be glad the clay court season is here. Halep seems to be in good shape heading into the clay court season, the former Roland Garros finalist has a big opportunity to dominate over the next couple of months given her biggest rivals are either out of action or just returning to the tour.

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The head-to-head record between Halep and Strycova is split at 1 win apiece. The only recent completed match between the pair ended in a 6-1 6-4 win for Halep in Beijing in 2014. This will be the first match between the pair on a clay court , a surface that should suit the Romanian. Halep looked to be in good form over the weekend, winning a couple of matches on red clay in Fed Cup action and should be too strong for Strycova on this surface.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Barbora Strycova in 2 sets

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