World No. 3 Simona Halep will face the Australian star Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinal of the 2019 Madrid Open on Thursday. The match will take place on May 9 at 12:00 pm local time (11:00 am BST). Get Simona Halep v Ashleigh Barty live streaming options here.
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Simona Halep v Ashleigh Barty Head to Head
The two top 10 players have met thrice on the WTA Tour, and the head to head tally is currently at 2-1 to Halep. Their most recent encounter took place in Sydney this year, where Barty stunned the Romanian to reach the quarterfinal.
Barty, Hoping for that Sydney Repeat
Ash Barty has had a terrific season so far and presently, she is on an incredible winning streak. She won the Miami Open after defeating some big players like Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Anett Kontaveit, and Karolina Pliskova.
After that, she took Australia through to the Fed Cup final after upsetting Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka in the singles rubbers. In fact, Barty hasn’t lost a match since her fourth-round defeat to Elina Svitolina in Indian Wells.
It has been business as usual for her in Madrid, starting with a straight-set win over Daria Gavrilova, and then toppling Danielle Collins and Yulia Putintseva. Although the Australian Open semifinalist has never reached the final on clay yet, she is certainly capable of achieving that feat here in Madrid.
Halep, Inspired by Her Chance to Reach the Top
The Romanian started the tournament in contention for the No. 1 spot. For her to take back that crown, she needs to win the event and so far, she is certainly on the right track.
The two-time Madrid Open champion and two-time Italian Open runner-up has definitely got a lot of winning experience on clay. Having won the French Open last year, Halep is definitely the player to beat here in Madrid, but that is going to be a tough ask of anyone.
On the back of a rather shaky season so far, albeit she has bee fairly consistent to reach the latter rounds, Halep is particularly driven to make amends for it.
She has been nothing short of clinical in this tournament and so far, is yet to drop a set. In the three matches she has played in, she has lost only 10 games. In her last match against Viktoria Kuzmova, she served a double bagel and played what has been her “best match.”
Halep won the match 6-0, 6-0, in just 44 minutes, winning all of the 6 break points and committing just four unforced errors in the entire match.
Halep v Barty Tips and Predictions
The number 3 seed sent a strong message to the rest of the players with that ruthless win over Kuzmova. Barty, by all means, should be intimidated but she has certainly got the skillset to face Halep on clay. However, it is a whole different question whether she can upset her or not.
It will be an interesting match to follow where Halep should definitely come out on the top.
Tip: Halep to win: 2/5 (888Sport)