Halep vs Frech: prediction for the WTA Australian Open match
On January 18, Simona Halep will play her first match at Australian Open. She will take on the Polish player, Magdalena Frech. Should we expect a blowout? The answer is in our prediction.
Due to health issues Simona Halep had an unsuccessful season in 2021, so she is currently only at the 15th spot in the WTA rankings. But a former World No. 1 got off to a confident start in a new season.
At the first tournament of 2022, in Melbourne, Halep claimed a title. 4 out of 5 matches at the competition were won in straight sets. Romanian player lost the only set in the match against Viktorija Golubic (6:2, 5:7, 6:4). Halep is in a wonderful form before the start of Australian Open, so she has a great chance to win a title.
For the first time in her career Magdalena Frech earned a spot in the main draw of Australian Open without qualifying matches. Polish player failed to impress in previous tournaments.
At Melbourne she was beaten in the first qualifying round by Kuzmova (6:7, 3:6). She managed to advance through qualification at Sydney, but was eliminated in the first round by Ruse (2:6, 6:3, 4:6).
In three out of four Frech's matches in 2022 no more than nine games were played in the second set
This bet played in 3 out of 5 most recent Halep's matches
We are not expecting a surprise in this match. Halep has an overwhelming advantage on class, plus she is in a wonderful form now. Frech is playing defensively and her serve is not so powerful. Halep usually beats such opponents with ease.
In 2020 Romanian player recorded a victory over Frech on clay with a handicap of (-10) games. We are expecting the same result at Melbourne.
Our prediction - Halep to win with a handicap of (-6.5) games
In the only head-to-head match Halep let her opponent to win only two games. We are not expecting a long match here.
Our second bet is on total under 18 games