Simona Halep vs Johanna Konta, Miami QF Preview

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(3) ?? Simona Halep vs (10) ?? Johanna Konta

Simona Halep and Johanna Konta will go head-to-head for just the second time when they collide at the quarter-final stage of the Miami Open on Wednesday. This looms as a significant rivalry in the coming years given these two should be permanent members of the top 10 for years to come. This should be an extremely close encounter between two very evenly matched opponents.

Simona Halep is having her best week of the year. Arriving in Miami, Halep was yet to win back-to-back matches in 2017. Halep seems to be fully fit for the first time in 2017 and her confidence is rising with each win. The third seed started the week with a tough three yet win over Naomi Osaka before easing Past Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. Halep’s most significant win came in the fourth round where she recovered from a set and a break down and saved match point to defeat Samantha Stosur 4-6 7-5 6-2.

Johanna Konta is into her fourth quarter-final of the season. Konta survived a tough opening round match, defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets. Konta has not been at her best in Miami but still managed to get past Pauline Parmentier and Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets to set up a blockbuster quarter-final clash with Simona Halep.


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Johanna Konta won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-3 3-6 7-5 win in Wuhan in 2015. The conditions in Miami should suit Halep given the Miami courts are on the slow side for a hard court. However, Konta has more confidence at this stage of tournaments, it has been a while since Halep has been in this position. The Romanian’s serve is likely to come under fire, especially if her first serve percentage is down whilst Konta’s serve is more likely to stand up under pressure which gives her the edge.

Prediction: Johanna Konta to defeat Simona Halep in 3 sets

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