Romania’s Simona Halep has been cursed by poor draws this season. At the Australian Open, she battled past Venus Williams in the last 32 only to run into Serena in the next round, who accounted for her in three thrilling sets. And Halep’s bad luck has continued since. Indeed, it is arguably a significant factor in her failure to win a title so far this season.
However, arguably at Wimbledon the draw has, for once, been kind to the Romanian World #7. 15 year old sensation Cori Gauff awaits Halep next, but the Romanian will fancy her chances of out-muscling Venus Williams’ 1st round conqueror.
Halep Has an Ashleigh Barty Free Path to the Final
The winner of Zhang Shuai vs an injury hampered Dayana Yastremska potentially awaits Halep in the quarterfinals. Then a Czech opponent in the form of Karolina Pliskova or Karolina Muchova could stand between Halep and her first Wimbledon final. Ashleigh Barty has a really tricky opponent next round in the net-storming Alison Riske. There are far worse draws than the one she has for Halep, so she needs to make the most of this opportunity.
Halep Didn’t Allow Azarenka to Play Well Last Round
Victoria Azarenka and her supporters will be disappointed with her straights sets loss to the Romanian in round 3. The truth is that Halep did not allow her to settle. It was a good start to the match from Azarenka and she did look like taking control early on. However, Halep dug deep and when on top she was able to dominate. Something that she will look to do against Gauff.
Halep Needs to Stay Focused Against Cori Gauff
Cori Gauff has no doubt been a revelation, but Halep should be able to overpower her young opponent. Especially, if Simona Halep can get that backhand finding the lines early, stretching Gauff and opening up the court. Simona Halep, will in no way underestimate any of her opponents at Wimbledon. However, she knows this is her chance to beat her 2014 semifinal appearance and potentially bag a second Slam.
Halep has Good Reason to be Hopeful
It would be an interesting final should Barty or Riske play Halep. A real contrast in styles, aggressive volleying vs abrasive baseline bashing. This is Halep’s chance to shine at Wimbledon.