TennisSection previews the 2021 Miami Open as Simona Halep (3) meets Anastasija Sevastova in the Third Round on Saturday, March 27th 2021.
Can Anastasija Sevastova be able to cause yet another upset here at the Miami Open as she meets the No.3 seed in Simona Halep? Will Simona Halep be now used to the speed of the court and be able to cruise through her matches a bit easier than she did in the Second Round? Both players had to comeback from a set down in their Second Round encounter, but who will be able to come out here stronger to book a spot in the Fourth Round?
Anastasija Sevastova put on a very solid comeback performance in the Second Round, beating the up and coming, and favourite, Coco Gauff in 3 sets, 1-6/6-2/6-3. Sevastova is a very underrated player in the early rounds of tournaments and she has shown time and time again that she can cause upsets when she is taken too lighly by her opponents. Anastasija has been a Top 15 player before and she has shown everyone that she is able to still play at a very high level at the age of 30. Sevastova will know that she will have to raise her level however in this Third Round match as she will have to give it her all if she is to beat the very in form Simona Halep on Saturday. Can the very experienced Anastasija Sevastova get the job done?
Simona Halep also had to come back from a set down in the Second Round, beating the in form Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in 3 sets, 3-6/6-4/6-0. Halep was of course rusty when she first came onto the court, and we expected that as she has not played any matches here in Miami and she had to get used to the court conditions. Halep will want to play better from the get-go in her matches from now on here in Miami, but she will have to ensure she is on top of her game if she is to do so. Simona Halep will be very wary of this Third Round match as she meets an opponent who has beaten her a few times before in Anastasija Sevastova. How will Simona Halep come out in the Third Round, will she still be rusty or will she be ready for the challenge?
Simona Halep and Anastasija Sevastova have met 9 times before, with Simona Halep leading the head to head 6-3. They last met in the second round of the 2018 Qatar Open where Simona Halep won in straight sets 6-4/6-3. Since then, their careers have gone on opposite ends, with Simona Halep continuing to dominate a lot of tournaments each year, and Sevastova mainly competing in the first few rounds of tournaments before losing. Both players know their game quite well, but I just do not see Simona Halep losing here. Simona Halep seems to have gotten used to the court conditions and she will not be rusty coming into this Third Round match. I expect this to be won by Halep in straight sets.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Simona Halep in Two Sets.