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UPDATE 19:01 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff, 6-4, 1-3. Short game for Simona, won at 0!
UPDATE 18:58 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff, 6-4, 0-3. Coco gained confidence.
UPDATE 18:55 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 6-4, 0-2. Break at 30, Gauff. The American risks a lot, takes steps in the field, catches Simona Halep and hits hard.
UPDATE 18:52 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 6-4, 0-1. Game 15, Gauff. The second set starts well, taking advantage of Simona’s unforced mistakes.
UPDATE 18:47 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 6-4. Successful Romanian game and set. Constățeanca managed a first set at the highest level.
UPDATE 18:42 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 5-4. Break the 15th, Simona. The Romanian covers the ground well, Gauff risks more and more and the hesitations intervene. Close the game with a double mistake.
UPDATE 18:38 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 4-4. Game 15, Simona. Again, the Romanian serves very well, and Gauff has to run seriously for every point.
UPDATE 18:35 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 3-4. Game 30, Gauff. The overseas player makes a consistent first set. Take advantage of any of Simona’s weaknesses.
UPDATE 18:32 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 3-3. Game 0, Simona. The Romanian does not give the American a chance.
UPDATE 18:27 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 2-3. Game 30, Gauff. Simona continues in the usual line, except that the shots were not squared properly.
UPDATE 18:24 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 2-2. Game 15, Simona. He hits hard, long, on the field, and Gauff has no reply in this game.
UPDATE 18:18 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 1-2. Game at 30 for the American. Simona continues to be aggressive, to seek to shorten the points, but she is often wrong.
UPDATE 18:15 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 1-1. Game to the advantage of Simona. The Romanian woman is very aggressive on her own service.
UPDATE 18:12 – Simona Halep – Cori Gauff 0-1. Game at 30, for the American.
UPDATE 18:10: The game has started!
UPDATE 17:50 – The match between Simona Halep and Cori Gauff starts at 18:10.
UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. – The rain stopped. The match between Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic has resumed. The Tunisian won the decisive 6-3. Simona Halep’s match with Cori Gauff follows.
UPDATE at 17:00 – The match continues to be rescheduled by the organizers due to rain. New set time – 6:30 p.m.
UPDATE at 16:00 – Rain is causing problems in Madrid. The match between Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic was interrupted at the score of 6-2, 3-6, 0-0.
The Romanian has shown a solid game so far under the command of Patrick Mouratoglou (51 years old) and is listed with the first chance at the trophy by the bookmakers, after he smashed Paula Badosa (24 years old, 2nd place WTA), score 6-3, 6-1.
Monday’s match will be the third direct meeting between Halep and Gauff. The first confrontation took place in 2019, in the eighth round at Wimbledon, when the Romanian won 6-3, 6-3.
The Romanian was also victorious in the second match against the American, played this year, in the third round of Indian Wells, score 6-3, 6-4.
If he passes Gauff, Halep will play in the “quarterfinals” in Madrid against the winner of the match Ons Jabeur (10th place WTA) – Belinda Bencic (13th place WTA).
The Americans do not give Cori Gauff a chance in the dispute with Simona Halep
”Halep may be ranked lower than Gauff at the moment, but he will enter the match as a clear favorite. The Romanian has won 17 of the 21 matches played this season, compared to her opponent’s 12-7 record. However, Gauff should not be ruled out, given her record on clay last season. The American reached the semifinals in Rome and the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Halep seems to be close to his best form and is unstoppable.
The strong blows of the Romanian, combined with her physical form and her return game, make her a formidable opponent. Gauff is a born athlete. She plays aggressive tennis and is able to vary the game to keep her opponents unbalanced. One of the defining traits of the American’s short career was her mental perseverance. However, she will have to be at the best mental level, but also physically, to cope with Halep’s intensity.
Gauff made 10 double mistakes in his last match and will have to improve his numbers at work against the former world number one. Halep seems to be in shape at the moment and, although Gauff will fight, it is unlikely to be enough to prevent the Romanian from advancing to the quarterfinals. Our prognosis? Halep in 2 sets“, Wrote the journalists from Sportskeeda.
Simona Halep, great words to Cori Gauff
Before the match, Simona Halep had only words of praise for Cori Gauff and admitted that the matches against her are difficult, but she specified that she feels very well on the clay from Madrid.
“I feel good on the pitch, more and more confident with each passing day. Of course, it won’t be easy, because my game has changed. I’m happy and I’m working hard to see how good I can be the next day.
Gauff is a formidable opponent, it’s always hard for me to play against her. She is so young, but at the same time she has so much power.
It’s never easy to play against her, but I’m ready. To a large extent, I know what to expect. It’s a new match, a new challenge for me. “said Simona Halep, in an interview for the Mutua Madrid Open 2022 website.
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