WTA Roland Garros, Semi-Final Preview #2: Simona Halep v Andrea Petkovic

Petkovic6-2 6-2 was the order of the day for Simona Halep and Andrea Petkovic.  Both players won their quarter-final matches by that scoreline to reach their FIRST Grand Slam semi-final.  Petkovic’s victory over Sara Errani was the more surprising of the two.  Errani is a demon to break down on the clay.  My overriding though was that if Jelena Jankovic couldn’t beat Errani, Petkovic didn’t stand much hope  The German player was terrific and fully exploited the Errani second serve.  Is it me or is Sara’s serve regressing? I thought the heavy conditions would work even more into Errani’s favour, but Petkovic did a marvellous job and was able to hit through the court effectively, finishing with an impressive 26 winners to 19 unforced errors.  To see Petkovic in a Grand Slam semi-final is pretty great after all she has been through.

In the other quarter-final over on Suzanne Lenglen, Halep defeated an injured Svetlana Kuznetsova in 79 minutes.  It was another calm and composed performance from Halep, who has backed up her great results at WTA events in the last year with deep runs at the first two majors of 2014.  It was a real shame that Kuznetsova had a thigh injury.  I was so excited for this match, but it turned it out to be a real anticlimax.

Halep leads the head-to-head by two wins to one; they played twice in 2013 as Halep won 6-3 6-3 in the final of Nurnberg on clay and then edged a tight two setter in Tokyo, 7-6(4) 6-3.  Halep will be the favourite although the way Petkovic dismantled Errani was certainly noteworthy.  Personally, i’m not too bothered who wins.  I like both Petkovic and Halep and they are two of the nicest players on the WTA tour.  I hope we get a hug at the net! Nerves could play a part in this match as it will be new ground for both.  Halep is the more dynamic player on this surface and is my tip to make the final.

Prediction: Halep d. Petkovic in 2 tight sets

Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this match and the first semi-final between Sharapova v Bouchard.

 

3 thoughts on “WTA Roland Garros, Semi-Final Preview #2: Simona Halep v Andrea Petkovic

  1. I’m in agreement with your prediction, the way Halep has been playing this year and is playing this tournament suggests a win for her. For me, what is so impressive about the way she plays is that it is aggressive but high percentage: she never seems to be going for the lines and always makes the right shot choices. It was a shame about Kuznetsova being injured today, but I also felt that Halep managed to ensure that Kuznetsova was never allowed into the match.

    Halep’s confidence, after her 2014 season, will probably be the difference between her and Petkovic in the semi-final. As Sloane Stephens said, Halep’s playing with confidence, and when you’re playing with confidence and match wins, it makes you a difficult opponent. Petkovic’s run is admirable, especially given her knee injuries, but I believe Halep will have too much for her out there tomorrow.

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  2. This is probably the first time that I’ll be equally happy for whoever wins it but also equally gutted for whoever loses it! I have no idea for the outcome, I think all depends on how well Simona can keep everything together. If she gets tight and nervous, I see a chance for Petko.

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