Simona Halep vs Saisai Zheng: Simona Halep, third seed at the Madrid Open 2021, will face the Chinese, Saisai Zheng in the second round clash. The Romanian is ranked third in the world, whereas, Zheng is ranked 57th in the world.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Simona Halep vs Saisai Zheng
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 1st May 2021
- Prize Money: €20,000
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Simona Halep vs Saisai Zheng: Match Preview
Simona Halep last played at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was defeated in the semifinals by Aryna Sabalenka. The Romanian had to withdraw from the Miami Open 2021, owing to an injury. The 29-year old has been inactive on tour this season, and has played just four tournaments so far. In the first round of the Madrid Open, she defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets.
Saisai Zheng last played at the Colombia Open, where she was defeated in the second round by Stefanie Voegele in straight sets. She defeated M.Linette in the first round of the Madrid Open, defeating the Pole in three sets.
Simona Halep vs Saisai Zheng: Head-to-Head
The duo have clashed against each other on two occasions, with Halep winning both encounters. Their latest encounter came at Wimbledon 2018, where the Romanian won in straight sets. Halep leads the head to head encounter, 2-0
Simona Halep vs Saisai Zheng: Match Prediction
Simona Halep is the certain favorite to win the second round encounter and progress into the next round. The Romanian is a good player on clay-courts, and is expected to do well this week. The third seed won the French Open title in 2018, which shows her prowess on this surface. Saisai Zheng will have to be on top of her game, if she is to challenge the third seed.
Match Prediction: Simona Halep to win in straight sets