Simona Halep vs Kiki Bertens, Rome SF Preview

Internazionali BNL d’Italia, ?? Rome SF Preview
SF #1: (6) ?? Simona Halep vs (15) ?? Kiki Bertens

Saturday’s first semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia sees a red-hot Simona Halep take on the vastly improving Kiki Bertens. Simona Halep enters this semi-final clash on a 9-match winning streak having won the Mutua Madrid Open last week. The Romanian is now the favourite heading into Roland Garros and will look to build even more momentum by winning back-to-back titles.

Simona Halep has totally turned her season around over the last couple of weeks. Clay has always been Simona’s best surface and Roland Garros will always be her best chance to win a slam. 2017 presents as a particularly good opportunity for Halep heading to Roland Garros. Halep is playing some of her best tennis at the moment. The sixth seed started the week with a straight set win over Laura Siegemund before requiring three sets to get past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Halep secured her spot in the semi-finals with a commanding 6-2 6-4 win over Anett Kontaveit.

Kiki Bertens continues to rise up the rankings and achieve impressive results on the red dirt. The 2016 Roland Garros semi-finalist is again showing her potential on clay in Rome. Bertens started the week with a comeback win over Monica Niculescu in 3 sets before securing straight set wins over Catherine Bellis, Ekaterina Makarova and Daria Gavrilova to reach the semi-finals in Rome. The next step for Bertens is to win matches such as this, taking out the very best like Simona Halep.


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The head-to-head record between Halep and Bertens is split at 1 win apiece. The most recent match between the pair took place at Wimbledon last year, Halep won 6-4 6-3. Interestingly, Bertens won their on clay court match, a 6-3 6-4 in Morocco in 2012.

An in form Simona Halep is going to be a very tough prospect for anyone at the moment. Halep is full of confidence and it would take a massive effort for anyone to break her down from the baseline. Bertens has the weapons to trouble Halep but probably not consistently enough. Bertens will have to play on the edge to have a chance against Halep, she is probably not capable. Halep’s defensive skills will frustrate Bertens and will eventually ware her down.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat to defeat Kiki Bertens in 2 sets

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