Two-time Major winner and World No.2 Simona Halep will set her eyes on advancing to the next round as she faces 32nd-seed Veronika Kudermetova in a Round of 32 encounter at the Australian Open 2021. Halep has never won the Australian Open and she would like to add this title too in her kitty this time around.
- Fixture: Veronika Kudermetova vs Simona Halep
- Date: 12 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 3rd Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $165,228 (USD)
Veronika Kudermetova vs Simona Halep: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Kudermetova after easing past Marta Kostyuk in the opening round, found the going tough against compatriot Varvara Gracheva in the second round. The 23-year old Russian came back from a set down to outclass Varvara 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Like Kudermetova, Halep too after breezing past Australian Lizette Cabera in the first round, found herself on the brink of shock exit from the tournament in the next round. The 29-year old Romanian came back from a set down and held her nerves to edge past another home favourite Ajla Tomaljanovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a three-set thriller.
Veronika Kudermetova vs Simona Halep: Head-to-Head
No prior meeting between the two players, so the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Veronika Kudermetova vs Simona Halep: Prediction
Though Halep looked patchy in her match against Tomaljanovic, consider it as a minor blip and expect the Romanian to come roaring back in the next round. It looks unlikely that Kudermetova will pose any threat to Halep and therefore, expect it an easy outing for the second seed.
Match Prediction: Simona Halep defeats Veronika Kudermetova comfortably in straight sets.