Simona Halep will take on Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Quarter-final of the Stuttgart Open 2021. Halep is currently the World no.3 on the WTA rankings and Alexandrova is the World no.34.
- Tournament: Stuttgart Open 2021
- Match: Simona Halep vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Round: Quarter-final
- Date: 23rd April, 2021
- PrizeMoney: $ 18,553
- Venue: Stuttgart, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
Simona Halep vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Match Preview
Halep came into this tournament after taking a month off due to an injury she sustained at the Miami Open. There were questions about her fitness, and of course the fact that she would be playing on clay for the first time this year added to the noise. She faced Marketa Vondrousova, a player who on her day can be dangerous. What followed was some inspiring tennis from Halep who finished the match in just 57 mins winning in straight sets 6-1 6-3.
Her Quarter-final encounter is with Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova came into this tournament with some indifferent form but she has been good this far. In the first round she beat Karolina Muchova 4-6 6-2 6-3. In the second she overcame Belinda Bencic in straight sets 6-1 7-5.
Simona Halep vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Head-to-Head
These two players have met thrice on the tour so far, and Alexandrova leads the head to head 2-1. The last encounter between these two was at the Gippsland Trophy, a match which Alexandrova won 6-2 6-1.
Simona Halep vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Prediction
Halep is a master on clay courts. Her speed, her counter attacking tennis, her ability to make you hit an extra ball every time is a test for most. Alexandrova has a game based around power, she serves big and hits big winners, which on clay might not work every time.
Match Prediction: Simona Halep will beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets.