World number six Simona Halep will be in action in her third round match at the WTA Wuhan Open 2019 against Elena Rybakina on Wednesday, September 25. The match will start after 3:00 pm local time (8:00 am BST) and here, you will find the Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina live streaming options with the preview, tips, and head to head details.
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Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina Head to Head
This will be the first match between Romania’s Halep and 50th-ranked Kazakh.
Halep Showed No Signs of Rust
Former world number one and Wimbledon winner Halep returned to the court after losing in the second round at US Open. And she wasted no time in dispatching off Barbora Strycova in her opener, winning 6-3, 6-2 to march in the third round. This win, after that longish break following an under-par US Open series should come as bit of a relief.
Especially since there was an announcement of the return of her coach Darren Cahill, a huge step forward in how things could pan out here on for the Romanian.
And it’s not like Halep had earlier struggled on the hard courts, having made the semi-final at Miami and the final at Doha this year. What she might want is a title win like she had last season at Montreal and Shenzhen or even before that when she had triumphed at the Indian Wells Open.
Rybakina on the Verge of Career-Best Again
Rybakina is hovering around her career-best ranking of 49th and two wins here already should help her skip past a few of the players above her. That’s to do with the fact she hadn’t participated in the tournament last year and any win here would help her win more points to the ranking tally.
They have been fighting wins too. In the opener, she overcame Lin Zhu 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 before defeating lucky loser Ons Jabeur 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 to advance to this third round encounter. A runner-up trophy at Nanchang would have changed things around a lot for her but her biggest coup came earlier this year when the 20-year-old won her first ever WTA title at Bucharest.
With her confidence sky-high, she might be able to test Halep but not to the extent that even manages a set win though.
Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina Tips & Predictions
It should come as no surprise that Halep is a strong favourite to win this one with bookmakers offering 1/3 for her victory over Rybakina. And that’s a very conservative pick but we can go a step further to say that even a straight-set win for Halep is a safe enough bet.
Tip: Halep to win in straight sets: 10/11 at 888Sport