TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Madrid Open as Simona Halep (3) meets Sara Sorribes Tormo in the First Round on Friday April 30th, 2021.
Third seeded Romanian Simona Halep will face unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in the First Round of the 2021 WTA Madrid Open. The Spaniard has been in relatively good form this season; can she take that one step further by causing the massive upset? Or will former champion Simona Halep get the win as expected and advance to the Second Round here in Madrid?
Simona Halep is currently ranked #3 in the WTA world rankings and is currently seeded #3 here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open. A former world number one, she has not quite been able to replicate the success that she is accustomed to recently. However she reached the Semi-Final in Stuttgart despite not playing her best tennis, and seems to be slowly rounding into form ahead of Roland Garros. A former two time champion here in Madrid, she is considered one of the favorites for the title here, and is heavily favored to win this First Round encounter here against Sara Sorribes Tormo.
The Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo is currently ranked #46 in the world and is unseeded here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open. She is having a career year so far in 2021, claiming her maiden title earlier in Guadalajara. She also reached the Semi-Finals in Monterrey, and Quarter-Finals at the Miami Masters. However, she lost her first match on clay to Sara Errani, and will have been looking for a strong result here. Unfortunately for Sorribes Tormo, she was given a very difficult draw here in Madrid, having to face former two-time champion Simona Halep who is considered one of the best players in the world. Despite her good season so far in 2021, she enters this match as the huge underdog and it will take a titanic effort on her part to get the win here.
The two players have faced each other once before in their careers, with Halep leading the head to head series 1-0. They played at the 2020 French Open where the Romanian romped to a 6-4, 6-0 victory in less than an hour. I expect this result to be no different. Simona Halep is simply on another level to her opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo and should win this match relatively comfortably. The Spaniard is a fighter and won’t give it away, but expect Halep to win and advance to the Second Round here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Simona Halep to win