Friday, 1 November 2013

Sofia SF: Halep vs Ivanovic; winner to win it all?

Samantha Stosur vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Interesting line-up here in Sofia as the players almost mirror the Moscow semi-finals, but with different match ups. Stosur is coming off an impressive fall season which saw her win in Osaka and made a final run in Moscow. Except the small blip against Ivanovic, she is almost flawless. She will be the favourite against Pavlyuchenkova as she leads the heads to heads 2-1. The indoor courts will give Stosur the added advantage as she will not shank as many balls as compared to outdoors. Pavlyuchenkova needs to serve well, but her serve is the weakest part of her game.

Pick: Stosur in 2 tight sets

Simona Halep vs. Ana Ivanovic

Yikes... The way Ana lost her match against Vesnina shows that her mental frailty is still there. That loss cause a blemish as that's her first loss in the Tournament of Champions in 3 years. Against Halep, Ivanovic will stand no chance if she chokes a lead like that. However, it's almost certain that Ivanovic won't even get that kind of lead, as Halep is just tearing up the lower tier events. Her superior record over the rest of the field shows that she's bound to clinch this title, and despite Ana's winning record over her, it is set to change. Ana needs to return very well, but her backhand weakness will be full exposed by the tactical Halep.

Pick: Halep in 2 sets

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