Simona Halep vs Samantha Stosur, Madrid R3 Preview

?? Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Preview
(3) ?? Simona Halep vs (16) ?? Samantha Stosur

Simona Halep survived an almighty scare in her second round clash against Roberta Vinci on Tuesday. Halep found herself down 2-5 in the deciding third set but managed to win 5 of the last 6 games, running away with the decisive tiebreaker to claim a hard-fought 6-3 2-6 7-6 win. Halep’s title defence continues on Wednesday when she takes on Samantha Stosur, an opponent the Romanian has a good recent record against.

Samantha Stosur is always most dangerous on clay, it will be interesting to see if Stosur can again be a huge factor at this time of the year in 2017. Stosur has claimed two fairly comfortable straight set wins to advance to the third round in Madrid. Stosur beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2 6-0 in the opening round before surviving a wobble to beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3 7-5.

The head-to-head record between Halep and Stosur is squared at 4 wins apiece, however Halep has done well in this match-up of late, winning 4 of their last 5 matches. The most recent match between the pair came just a couple of months ago in Miami, Halep saved match points on route to a memorable 4-6 7-5 6-2 win. Notably Stosur holds a 3-1 record over Halep on clay, including a straight set win at Roland Garros last year. Halep did win their only previous match in Madrid, an easy 6-2 6-0 win at the semi-final stage last year.


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This should be another intriguing contest between two players that play their best tennis on a clay court. The conditions in Madrid are not that of a typical clay tournament, the ball travels quicker through the air and the court is slightly faster than a regular clay court. These conditions suit Halep in this match-up, after escaping defeat against Vinci, Halep should now play with a bit more freedom and should be too solid for Stosur in these conditions.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Samantha Stosur in 3 sets

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