Simona Halep vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R4 Preview + Prediction
(3) ?? Simona Halep vs (21) ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

Simona Halep continues her quest for her first Grand Slam title when she comes up against clay court specialist Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Both Halep and Suarez Navarro have reached the final 16 in Paris without dropping a set, both will therefore be full of confidence heading into this intriguing clash. Halep holds a 6-5 record over Suarez Navarro, interestingly it is Suarez Navarro that has won all 4 of their previous matches on a clay court.

Both Halep and Suarez Navarro have played good tennis this week, both raised their level in the third round to book a spot in the second week in Pairs. Halep claimed a hard-fought 6-0 7-5 win over Daria Kasatkina whilst Suarez Navarro defeated Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-4.

As mentioned above, it was Halep who holds a 6-5 record over Suarez Navarro but the Spaniard has won all of their previous matches on a clay court. Despite this, I’m going to give Halep the edge on this occasion. Halep was clearly the form player heading into the tournament and in theory this should be a good match-up for Halep because of her greater weapons and ability to match Carla’s movement. Halep just needs to remain composed when it matters and she should grind out a tough win.

Prediction: (3) Simona Halep to defeat (21) Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets


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