Simona Halep vs Samantha Stosur, Miami R4 Preview

Miami Open, ???? R4 Match Preview
(3) ?? Simona Halep vs (14) ?? Samantha Stosur

Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur will renew their rivalry on Monday when they meet at the fourth round stage of the Miami Open. Halep and Stosur have both struggled to find their best form in 2017 but both are having a good week in Miami after winning a couple of matches. Stosur leads the head-to-head series between the pair, but importantly Halep has won all their completed matches contested on a hard court. It will be interesting to see who makes the most of this big opportunity to reach the quarter-final stage in Miami.

Simona Halep is into the fourth round in Miami courtesy of winning back-to-back matches for the first time in season 2017. Halep started the tournament with a very tough second round clash with Naomi Osaka, eventually outlasting her younger opponent to win 6-4 2-6 6-3. Halep produced some of her best tennis of the year in a dominant 6-3 6-0 win over Anett Kontaveit. It seems Halep’s confidence is building; the conditions certainly suit Halep in Miami so perhaps this is going to be her first deep run of the year?

Sam Stosur has claimed two impressive wins to move through to the fourth round in Miami. After receiving a bye through the opening round, Stosur produced a high-quality performance to defeat an in-form Ash Barty 6-4 6-4. Stosur then came from a set down to beat Peng Shuai 4-6 6-3 7-5. Stosur has been taking care of her service games nicely in her first two matches, dropping serve just twice from 26 service games.

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Sam Stosur holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Simona Halep. The pair met on two occasions in 2016. Halep claimed comfortable 6-2 6-0 win in Madrid whilst Stosur upset the Romanian a month later at Roland Garros 7-6 6-3. Halep has won both of their previous matches on a hard court.

Both players have struggled to claim significant wins in 2017, this is a huge match for both. It looks like Halep is fit and starting to find her mojo for the first time in 2017. On a hard court this should be a good match-up for Halep because of her consistent groundstrokes from the baseline and her ability to absorb and redirect Stosur’s shots. I’d give Halep the benefit of the doubt here.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Samantha Stosur in 2 sets

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