Simona Halep vs Roberta Vinci, Madrid R2 Preview

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Simona Halep will continue her title defence at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday with a potentially tricky second round clash against Roberta Vinci. The conditions in Madrid suit Halep perfectly, the Romanian has stated that she feels right at home on the Manolo Santana Court and looms as the favourite to win the title this week and go back-to-back at the premier-mandatory event.

Simona Halep stormed through her opening round match in Madrid as she began her title defence at the Mutua Madrid Open. Halep claimed a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 win over Kristyna Pliskova, the Romanian had a difficult start to the year but seems to have found her best right at the correct time of the year for her given clay has always been her best surface. Halep reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart last week and finally seems to be playing with the confidence that a top 5 player should be bringing to the court.

Roberta Vinci arrived in Madrid in some terrible form having lost 7 of her last 8 matches. It was therefore a surprise to see the Italian come through her opening match in Madrid, claiming an impressive 6-1 1-6 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina. It was the type of win that will give Vinci a much needed confidence boost, however the Italian will need to play her very best tennis if she is to stand any chance against Halep in the next round.

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Simona Halep holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Vinci. Halep has won the two most recent matches between the pair, a 6-0 6-1 win on grass in 2013 and a 6-4 6-2 win on the clay in Rome earlier in 2013.

Halep should once again get the better of Vinci here. This is a good match-up for Halep, especially on a clay court. Halep is patient enough to deal with the variety thrown at her by Vinci and is strong enough to over-power the Italian, especially on clay. The conditions in Madrid are ideal for the defending champion who should comfortably come through this match.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Roberta Vinci in 2 sets

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