Simona Halep vs Maria Sharapova, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ????? R1 Preview + Prediction
(2) ?? Simona Halep vs (wc) ?? Maria Sharapova

All eyes will be Arthur Ashe Stadium for the biggest first round clash at this year’s U.S Open as the second seeded Simona Halep takes on former champion Maria Sharapova on Monday in New York. This is an absolutely brutal draw for both players, both will relish the opportunity. The key statistic that stands out heading into this blockbuster is Maria Sharapova’s perfect 6-0 head-to-head record over the Romanian. The pair have played out some fierce contests in the past, most notably the 2014 Roland Garros final. Indeed, some of Halep’s toughest ever losses have been at the hands of Sharapova, this should be an opportunity for Simona to start to avenge those losses given Sharapova must be rusty.

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Simona Halep has had a very consistent season and as a result has been one win away from becoming world number 1 on a few occasions. The latest opportunity to become the new number 1 for Halep was last week in Cincinnati where Halep needed to win the title but was dominated by Garbine Muguruza in the final. Still, it was a good week for Halep in Cincinnati. Halep also reached the semi-finals in Toronto the week before. Halep looms as one of the favourites to win the title in New York given how consistent she has been this year, getting past Sharapova will be a big test so early in the tournament for Halep.

Maria Sharapova has constantly been held back by injury since returning from a doping suspension earlier this year. Sharapova played just one match during the U.S Open series, Sharapova played one match in Stanford before retiring injured before her next match. Sharapova was unable to compete since then but received the good news that she would receive a wild card into the U.S Open, something she was not granted in Paris or London. Sharapova has been training well over the last week and is seemingly ready to go in New York, in her first Grand Slam event since the 2016 Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova of Russia practices at the 2017 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

 

I have to give the edge to Halep here. The Romanian simply must win this match. Sharapova must be rusty, having not played a competitive match in weeks. Halep is rock-solid on a hard court and has traditionally liked the conditions in New York. Halep will be super-determined to finally beat Sharapova and she will know that she should be winning this match against a rusty Sharapova. I doubt Sharapova will have the sharpness in her game to consistently hit through Halep in this occasion, It will still be a very competitive match but Halep should be too solid for Sharapova. Halep will be able to expose any rust or limitations in the Russian’s game with her consistency from the baseline and superb defensive skills.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Maria Sharapova in 2 sets


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0 responses to “Simona Halep vs Maria Sharapova, U.S Open R1 Preview”

  1. If Halep would be a mental giant, she would win this match under this circumstances…

    But anyway we know that Sharapova can produce a high level of play after a long period of time as we saw in Stuttgart.

      • You seriously can’t be so confident regarding the result of this matchup. I give the edge to Maria, given her H2H and mental toughness.

        • I’m not overly confident I just think that Halep *should* win in 2 set based on the circumstances. It is impossible to know how Sharapova will play, given it’s her match back it is normal to assume she wont be at her best. If she bring her best, then she does have a decent chance to win this

  2. You’re right…now she wasn’t as long as 15 months out of competition. ^^
    I’m not speaking of her opponent, but of her play. It was a high level from her side.

    I think Halep has to bring a strong mental effort go beat Sharapova no matter what geh circumstances are. This is my only concern and the reason why I don’t trust Halep 100%.

    • Yes, I understand what you’re saying and it’s true that Halep can’t be fully trusted. Sharapova has the mental edge

  3. I totally agree with this assessment. I will not let the H2H deter me from picking Halep, btw a great price too, -225 currently. Simona gets a little pay back here….
    BTW Moo Tennis is picking Sharapova….lol
    Oh, and you…picking Konjuh in straight sets over Barty???
    We’ll see about that…:-)

    • I personally think Konjuh is the better player, if she brings her game she will be too strong but she is inconsistent so hmm

    • The more I think about it, the more I think Sharapova has a better chance. It’s just hard to know what level she will be at

  4. Sharapova lost to Bouchard, give me a break. She’s just gonna walk in and beat the #2 player in the world, I will have to see it to believe it….

  5. I think Cornet and Puig will defeat their opponents in straight sets. Also, I think Konjuh can overpower Barty with her big serve and forehand. But Sharapova – Halep can go either way.

    • Yes, Puig should really win in straight sets, I think Konjuh should win.. hopefully she brings her a-game

  6. I must eat my words, Sharapova impressed. She did just go in there and beat the world #2, wow. What a match. Grueling physically, I’d be concerned that may play into the next round, who’s up next?, I’m ready to see Sharapova again!
    I was right about Barty over Konjuh, she can’t seem to put it together quite yet, but she is only 19, with a ton of potential.

    • Yepp, as the much became closer I actually changed my mind. Rusty or not, Sharapova is just too strong for Halep. Halep is too passive, Sharapova decided 95% of points and despite hitting a ton of unforced errors she was still able to win. Halep needs to change something or she will just be another Wozniacki or Radwanska. Sharapova has Babos next, new challenge but I think she will be strong enough to rebound with a win

  7. wtaaddictcom, why will

    Denisa Allertova defeat (Q) Rebecca Peterson in 2 sets?

    Allertova has no experience on hard the last couple of months. she is rusted for 1 month last having played on clay.

    Peterson on the other hand has won 3 good games on hard at Flushing Meadows and seems to be in good form and has already adapted to the hard courts here.

    With the above in mind, I think Allertova might lose in 2 instead of winning in 2. With Allertova’s experience probably she can lose in 3.

    What is your analysis for the above choice (Denisa Allertova to defeat (Q) Rebecca Peterson in 2 sets?)?

    Your choice of Yanina Wickmayer to defeat Lesia Tsurenko in 3 sets is good even though Wickmayer won in 2!

    Why will (wc) Taylor Townsend to defeat Ana Bogdan in 3 sets?

    I think Bogdan will beat Townsend as she is the better allround player with better movement and accuracy. Bogdan has the better momentum coming to USO also.

    I know Taylor Townsend has lots of power but makes lots of errors and is also passive in face of heavy attack !

    In (6) Angelique Kerber to defeat Naomi Osaka in 2 sets

    I think Osaka has too much better form to defeat Kerber in either 2 or 3 sets.

    Eagerly awaiting your quick reply with your analysis.

    • Some valid points and nice call on Osaka over Kerber.
      However, I think it’s debatable whether Bogdan has the “better momentum” heading into the USO.
      Bogdan lost in the first rounds of Toronto and Cincinnati (Premier 5 events) to Alexandrova and Haddad Maia respectively, she then went on to New Haven (Premier Event) and qualified over Dabrowski, Larsson, and Bonderenko then beat Vesnina in the first round and lost to Flipkens in the 2nd.
      Townsend on the other hand only played only 1 event, Cincinnati. She qualified over Begu, and Witthoeft, beat Puig in first round and then lost to Halep in 2nd.
      That being said, I’m not predicting one or the other, tough call.

      • Yeah it is a tough match to predict, wouldn6br confident either way. At home Townsend has a slight edge and she has had some decent results of late

    • Good call on Osaka.. that was a shocking result… i just believe Allertova is the better player, regardless of form

  8. wtaaddictcom, are you posting the PREVIEWS of todays matches(R3) like R2?

    Why do you think-

    Sloane Stephens to defeat Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets
    (16) Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Donna Vekic in 3 sets
    (18) Caroline Garcia to defeat (13) Petra Kvitova in 3 sets

    They look like tossups to me and either of the opponents can win?

    Awaiting your detailed logic/analysis.

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