In the first round of the inaugural Transylvania Open 2021, World No. 18 and the top-seeded Simona Halep will take on World No. 85 Elena Ruse in an all-Romanian clash.
Simona Halep vs Elena Ruse: Match Details
- Tournament: Transylvania Open 2021
- Match: Simona Halep vs Elena Ruse
- Round: First Round
- Date: 26 October, 2021
- Prize money: $2,675
- Venue: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Surface: Indoor Hard court
Simona Halep vs Elena Ruse: Preview
Simona Halep continues to struggle for consistency and making into the business end of various competitions. The former World No. 1 is coming back from an injury that saw her miss some of the Clay season and the entire Grass season. She returns home from a quarter-final defeat at the 2021 Kremlin Cup and a 3rd round exit at the 2021 Indian Wells before her trip to Russia.
Elena Ruse has not enjoyed returning to hardcourts having struggled consistently for form. Having started as a qualifier, Elena won the 2021 Hamburg Open and then reached the finals of the 2021 Palermo Open in successive weeks with both tournaments being played on Claycourts. Since then she has not gone past the 3rd round, and comes from a first round defeat at the Indian Wells having entered the main-draw as a qualifier.
Simona Halep vs Elena Ruse: Head to Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Simona Halep vs Elena Ruse: Prediction
Elena will come into the clash with a career Hardcourt record of 32-21 and is 9-5 on the surface this season while having a season record of 31-12 across all surfaces. Simona will take the court with a career Hardcourt 242-109 and is 12-5 on Hardcourts for the season and has a 18-9 record across all surfaces this season.
Looking at these numbers, their past performances and recent results, Simona Halep will be the favourite for the tie and should win comfortably.
Prediction: Simona Halep to win in straight-sets.
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