US Open 2021: Simona Halep vs Kristina Kucova Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Simona Halep vs Kristina Kucova Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Simona Halep takes on Kristina Kucova in the Round of 64 on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.

Will Simona Halep go through? Will Kristina Kucova pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we will see one of the top players on the WTA Tour attempt to regain her form and ranking and see if she can be a title contender. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the 2021 US Open?

Simona Halep has not been playing great, after sitting out the channel slam due to injuries, she’s returned for the North American hard court swing, but has not been playing too well. Still, she won her first round match and now has a fantastic opportunity to win another match and just get a nice rhythm going as she tries to extend her stay here at the 2021 US Open. She’s coming up against Kristina Kucova, someone who plays challengers and has to play qualifying matches to get into slams, so she definitely has a fantastic opportunity to take this one. She’s been struggling with putting a lot of pace on her shot, so I think if she’s able to hit through the ball more and not necessarily make her style more aggressive, but make her groundstrokes more aggressive than I have some confidence that she can go deep this tournament

Kristina Kucova, as I mentioned earlier, primarily participates in small events and challengers. She had to play three qualifying matches to make it to the main draw, and managed to win her first match in a pretty straightforward fashion. However, she has to deal with a former grand slam champion and former world number one. It will be a tough one ahead of her, even if Halep is nowhere near her best, she’s still winning matches and has all the experience and confidence building to up her level more and more. I think Kucova will primarily need to direct her focus on returning, as she’ll most likely get some opportunities there, if she can return with intent and good placement, I like her chances to cause the upset and move forward to the Round of 32 at the 2021 US Open.

Simona Halep and Kristina Kucova have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. I think the match will primarily rest in the hands of Halep, as she is the clear favorite despite her current situation and should pull out the win, it will not however be an easy match, especially if Kucova ups her game on the return. I suspect that Halep will have to deal with many challenges, and will need to come up with many clutch serves in tight moments. Overall though, I like her chances to come through the match without losing a set, I don’t think she’ll be able to quite dominate the match like she could normally, however I do definitely think she will move through to the Round of 32 at the 2021 US Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Simona Halep in 2 Sets.

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