TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Simona Halep (12) faces Camila Giorgi in the First Round on Monday August 30th, 2021.
A thrilling First Round match is expected here at the 2021 US Open as former world number one Simona Halep meets one of the hottest players on the WTA Tour at the moment in Camila Giorgi. The Romanian has been struggling with injuries over the past few seasons and hasn’t been at her best for quite some time, while Giorgi is on a high after winning her first Masters title at the Canadian Open. Can the veteran Halep rediscover her form and get the win here? Or will Giorgi continue the impressive momentum that she has built and move onto the Second Round?
Simona Halep is the twelfth seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #13 on the WTA Tour. The Romanian is one of the best players in the world when fit and is a former two time Grand Slam Winner. She has suffered some major injuries over the past few seasons and did not look convincing in her return to the Tour recently, losing in the First Round in Canada and withdrew in the Second Round in Cincinnati. There are some serious concerns about her fitness and her ability to stay healthy throughout the entire tournament but there is no denying her quality when at 100%. If we knew that she was fully fit then we could call her the favorite here against Camila Giorgi but there is a lot of risk in backing Halep here.
Camila Giorgi is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #36 in the WTA world rankings. The Italian claimed the biggest title in her career a couple weeks ago at the Canadian Open and will be on a high from that victory. However, she showed her inconsistency by losing in the First Round the very next week in Cincinnati, so like her opponent Simona Halep she is very hard to trust. She has a very aggressive baseline game and is vastly experienced, so this is likely to be a very close and entertaining match. If she is at her best then she definitely has the quality to win this match and she will be liking her chances here against the hobbled Halep.
Somewhat surprisingly this is only the second match between the two players, with Halep leading the head to head series 1-0. That win was all the way back in 2015 and will have very little bearing on this match. This match is a very difficult one to predict as we don’t know how fit Simona Halep is. An argument could be made that even if she was fully healthy she would struggle to win here due to her lack of match fitness and confidence. Camila Giorgi on the other hand is full of confidence after her big win in Canada and will be tough to beat here. The safest pick in this match is probably on it to go to three sets, and while it is tough to pick a winner, I am going to back the Romanian here. I don’t think she would have entered if she wasn’t fit and her vast experience will likely be the difference here. She may be very rusty and could possibly get off to a slow start, but I expect her to bounce back and grind out the tough win here, advancing to the Second Round at the 2021 US Open.
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