Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep will face Magdalena Frech of Poland in first round of the Australian Open 2022.
Simona Halep vs Magdalena Frech: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Match: Simona Halep vs Magdalena Frech
- Round: First Round
- Date: 18 January 2022
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Hardcourt
- Prize Money: $90,000
Simona Halep vs Magdalena Frech: Preview
In a season marred by injuries, Halep slipped to World No.20 in the WTA rankings. This was the first time she ranked outside the top-5 since 2014. She withdrew from the Miami Open with a shoulder injury and also had to skip French Open and Wimbledon with a calf injury. She managed to reach the fourth round of the US Open, which was only her second tournament since her return from injury. She lost in straight sets to Elina Svitolina in the quarters.
Magdalena Frech had an impressive 2021 season, as she achieved a career-best ranking of 99 last year and also won her first WTA 125k series title at the Thoreau Open in August.
Simona Halep vs Magdalena Frech: Head-to-head
This will be the second meeting of the duo. Halep leads their head-to-head 1-0. The match was a pretty straightforward affair as the Romanian won comfortably over the Pole 6-2, 6-0.
Simona Halep vs Magdalena Frech: Prediction
Simona Halep will be coming into this much with high confidence as she won the Melbourne (Summer Set 1) in the lead-up to the Australian Open. She dropped only one set in the entire tournament. The Romanian dispatched Veronika Kudermetova of Russia in straight sets in the final.
Magdalena Frech lost in the opening round of WTA Sydney International to qualifier Gabriela Ruse in three sets. She failed to make it to the main draw of Melbourne (Summer Set 1) after she lost her first qualifying match to Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets.
With already a title in her bag this year, the former World No.1 will be looking to start her campaign with a win against the unseeded Pole.
Prediction: Simona Halep to win in straight sets
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