US Open 2021: Simona Halep vs Elena Rybakina Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Simona Halep vs Elena Rybakina Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Simona Halep takes on Elena Rybakina in the Round of 32 on Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

Will Simona Halep go through? Will Elena Rybakina pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we have two players who are quite close in level at the moment going head to head. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 US Open?

Simona Halep has been playing pretty well as she’s attempting to make her comeback to the WTA Tour. SHe’s been hitting pretty well, hitting that nice, heavy ball that she very much enjoys using. She’s been defending quite well, not making many errors and out-consisting her opponents, also counterpunching great and just being able to come up with the good shot at the right moments like we know she can and used to be able to do very well. All of this will be very important as she takes on Elena Rybakina, who is playing some fantastic tennis herself and has a good look at upsetting Halep to move through to the fourth round at the 2021 US Open. I think a lot of the results will depend on how well Rybakina serves, because if she drops her level on that wing Halep will be able to get a lot of returns into a favorable position and start dictating play on that end.

Elena Rybakina has been playing some great tennis in order to set up this meeting vs. Simona Halep, who has been playing some solid tennis as well. I think the key for Rybakina in this match if she wants to pull the upset off will definitely rely on her serve, she put on an exhibition of serving in her last match, and if she’s able to do this again, then I definitely like her chances. Halep is a great returner, but I don’t feel like she’s returning so well at the moment as to get into too many of Rybakina’s service games if her serve is on. Assuming Halep can get some returns back though, especially if Rybakina’s service isn’t really good, then I feel like she will be able to get into some of the service games and pull out some of that vintage tennis that we know she can play to take down Rybakina and head through to the next round at the 2021 US Open.

Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina have met twice before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. Their first meeting is pretty irrelevant, considering it was a retirement from Halep before the first set was even completed, the match was also two years ago. Their most recent meeting was a tight one, in Dubai of 2020 with Halep winning the final two sets to take that one. I suspect it will go three once again, with both players being close in ranking and level, as well as their last match being quite close, and many elements of their games matching up well with each other, I suspect that we will definitely get a close three setter, however, due to Halep’s experience and good grindy game, she’ll be able to outlast Rybakina and move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 US Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Simona Halep in 3 Sets.

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