World No.19 Simona Halep will take on World No.68 Anastasia Potapova in the round of 32 of the Kremlin Cup on October 19 2021.
Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova: Match Details
- Tournament: WTA Kremlin Cup 2021
- Match: Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova
- Round: First Round
- Date: 19 October, 2021
- Prize money: $6,650
- Venue: Moscow, Russia
- Surface: Outdoor Hard court
Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova: Preview
Halep comes into this tournament after losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the recently concluded BNP Paribas Open. The Romanian has been hampered by injuries, owing to which she missed most of the important tournaments for the year. That said, the two-time Grand Slam champion did manage to win three matches, before losing in the fourth round of the US Open to Elina Svitolina. Till now, 30-year-old has won 13 matches on the hard courts, as compared to seven defeats. Although it hasn’t been a fruitful year for Halep, the former World No.1 will remains a dangerous floater in the draw in Moscow this week.
On the other hand, Potapova comes into the opening round match after making the quarterfinals of Nur-Sultan last month. From San Jose to Ostrava, the Russian has consistently struggled as a qualifier. Although the 20-year-old made the quarterfinals of Dubai earlier in the year, her record on the hard surface this season has been poor. Given Potapova’s rough form recently, it is tough to see her doing any damage in Moscow this week.
Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova: Head to Head
These two players have met only once on the WTA tour. Halep beat Potapova in straight sets in Melbourne earlier in the year.
Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova: Prediction
Although Halep hasn’t yet found her groove completely, she has shown signs of getting back to form on the hard courts lately. Moreover, she will try to out hit her opponent from the back court. Meanwhile, Potapova will have to serve well and avoid committing double faults to stay in the contest. Tough to see an upset here.
Match Prediction: Simona Halep should win in two sets.
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