Anett Kontaveit vs. Simona Halep - 1/28/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Simona Halep vs. Anett Kontaveit
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Australia)
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Simona Halep and Anett Kontaveit meet in the quarterfinals of the 2020 tennis Australian Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Elise Mertens that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 74 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Halep won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 14 break points. Halep got 68 percent of her first serves in play and hit 21 winners to eight unforced errors. Halep has yet to drop a set this tournament, but she could be sharper with her second serve and will need to be if she hopes to win her third career grand slam title. Halep hopes to make her fourth grand slam semifinal since 2018 and the second semifinal trip at the Australian Open of her career. Halep is 7-6 in career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Halep has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a three sets win over Iga Swiatek that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 61 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on nine of her 13 break points. Kontaveit got 69 percent of her first serves in play, saved 11 of 18 break points and hit 29 winners. Kontaveit obviously has to be cleaner moving forward if she’s going to make an even deeper tournament run, but winning three of her last four matches that have gone the distance shows great mental toughness. Kontaveit looks to make her first career grand slam semifinal appearance. Kontaveit has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Halep won both meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in Rome of 2017, a match Halep won in 18 games.
The h2h is a small sample size, but it does show that Halep has little trouble with Kontaveit’s game for the most part. This is also the point in the tournament where experience plays a major role, and this is the first serious run Kontaveit has had in a grand slam, while Halep has been here done that.
I have to side with Halep in this match for obvious reasons, and I’ll take her in straights for added value.