WTA Miami Open 2021: Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia-Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Third seed Simona Halep will come up against Caroline Garcia of France in the second round of the Miami Open 2021.

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Simona Halep and Caroline Garcia
Simona Halep and Caroline Garcia

Simona Halep will take on Caroline Garcia in the Second round of the Miami Open 2021. Halep is currently the World no.3 on the WTA rankings and Garcia is the World no51. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 26th March, 2021( 26th morning 2:30 am IST)
  • Prize Money: $16,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia: Preview

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

Halep has participated in a handful of tournaments in the past season. She won the Prague Open and the Italian open, and was ousted in the fourth round at the French Open, falling to new star on the block Iga Świątek. She skipped the North American leg of the tour due to Covid related worries.

In the Australian Open Quarter Final she lost to old nemesis Serena Williams. Now vaccinated against Covid, Halep is back on the American soil in search of another ATP Trophy. Halep had a bye in the first round, Her second round opponent is Caroline Garcia of France.

Post her third round exit at the Australian Open 2021, to Naomi Osaka, Garcia has made two more round of sixteen appearances, first at the Lyon Open and ten the Dubai Open. At the Miami Open, she beat Mihaela Buzărnescu of Romania 6-1 6-2. 

Watch: Iga Swiatek vs Simona Halep Match Highlights (4R) | Australian Open 2021

Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia: Head-to-Head

Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia

Halep and Garcia have played each other seven times on the tour before. Halep leads the head to head 6-1. The last time these two players met was at the Fed Cup 2019, Romania vs France, and Halep won 6-7 6-3 6-4. 

Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia: Prediction

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

Halep skipped the Middle Eastern leg of the tour to recover 100%. A fresh Halep will run harder and will be a great adversity on the tennis court. Garcia has historically struggled while playing the top-10 players, and this is expected to be more of the same. 

Match Prediction: Simona Halep will beat Caroline Garcia in straight sets. 

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