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Simona Halep vs Veronika Kudermetova Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Halep faces rising Russian
- Simona Halep vs Veronika Kudermetova preview and predictions for Friday’s Australian Open match.
- The match is being played at Melbourne Park at 08.00 GMT
- Halep’s last six matches vs seeded opponents at Grand Slams have been straight-set wins
- I predict a short match with Halep to win
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Simona Halep had a lengthy battle with Ajla Tomljanovic int he second round (Getty Images)
Simona Halep vs Veronika Kudermetova Predictions
Halep was pushed to the limit by Ajla Tomljanovic in the last round. If she is struggling physically, she could lose swiftly. But the Romanian has been very impressive against seeded players at majors of late.
Kudermetova has an impressive 5-4 record vs top-10 players and started 2021 brilliantly by reaching the final in Abu Dhabi. But she has looked less than convincing so far at the Australian Open.
- Four of Halep’s last five matches have been over in 20 games or fewer
- Halep has won three of her last five matches in straight sets
- Kudermetova is 8-2 in 2021 and 5-4 vs top-10 players through her career
- The Russian has won five of her eight matches in 2021 in straight sets
Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between Halep and Kudermetova.
Simona Halep Stats
Age: 29 (27 September 1991)
Height: 5’6” (168cm)
World Ranking: 2
Career High: 1 (October 2017)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 22
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 (French Open 2018, Wimbledon 2019)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Runner-up (2018)
Simona Halep Form
After a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Lizette Cabrera to kick off her Australian Open campaign, Halep had to fight extremely hard to keep it alive.
She was pushed to the limit by Ajla Tomljanovic, coming back from 2-5 down in the decider to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes.
Halep also took a medical time-out in her doubles match on Thursday, which could be a concerning sign about her fitness. On the other hand, Halep has been known to find her best tennis after lengthy battles in early rounds. The flat-hitting Kudermetova will be a big change of pace from the heavy spin of Tomljanovic.
Veronika Kudermetova Stats
Age: 23 (24 April 1997)
Height: 5’8” (175cm)
World Ranking: 36
Career High: 36 (January 2021)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R1 (2019-20)
Veronika Kudermetova Form
Kudermetova at 23 has established herself as a rising player, but she has yet to make a big impact at a major. Her best Grand Slam result so far was making the third round of the French Open in 2019.
The Russian started 2021 brightly when she picked up her fifth top-10 win, over Elina Svitolina, on her way to the final of Abu Dhabi.
But since emerging from quarantine in Melbourne, she hasn’t looked quite so good. After beating Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 7-6(5), she had to battle for three sets with Varvara Gracheva before winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Simona Halep and Veronika Kudermetova meet in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday 12 January (8am GMT scheduled start).
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Simona Halep vs Veronika Kudermetova are meeting in the third round of the Australian Open.
If Halep is fit, she should win this match in straight sets and if she is not fit, it should still be a short match.
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