Saturday, 15 February 2014

Doha F: Simona to cement her place in the top 8

Angelique Kerber vs. Simona Halep

It will be an intriguing match final as Simona Halep has not met Angelique Kerber for the past 5 years. Both of them are vastly different players now, so it'll be a battle for a place in the top 8. Odds are slightly in Simona's favour due to Kerber's dismal results in finals. The German is a disappointing 3-5 in finals, while Simona is almost guaranteed to win once she reaches the final, going 6-0 in her last 6 final appearances. What is going to make the difference is Halep's ability to just turn on the aggression. Against Radwanska trailing 2-5, Simona upped her game and never looked back. Kerber will need to be at her retrieving best to trouble the Romanian. I think Simona 's still carrying a slight injury, so I don't think she's in the mood for long drawn rallies. Look out for Halep to take the initiative and power her way to her 7th title.

Pick: Halep in 2 tight sets

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