WTA Australian Open, Semi Final: Halep v Kerber, 5am

Halep 2.26, Kerber 1.78

Head to heads are  4-4. Most recent Oct 2016, ind hard, Kerber in 2. They played 5 times in 2016. Kerber won 4 of them. Halep leads 3-1 on hard courts.

Halep v Kerber H2H
Halep v Kerber head to head screen shot from Tennis Insight

Kerber tricked me in the 4th round by coming close to being beaten by Hsieh. In Kerber’s quarter final with Keys, as Keys had been playing at a high level I gave her a chance to take at least a set against Kerber. As it turned out Kerber tore her a new one, losing just 3 games.

Halep went 3-0 down against Pliskova in their quarter final but then won the next 9 games and 12 of their remaining 14 games. Halep had her own poor match which was against Davis in the third round. Halep saved 3 match points in their deciding set which she eventually won 15-13.

Simona Halep

Kerber has stronger stats in the tournament. We have some value on Halep to take a set. Maybe Kerber peaked too soon with her form against Keys. I see a good chance of this going to 3 sets. They have only had three 3 set matches in the past. Halep won all 3.

Lay Kerber if she breaks first or wins set 1.

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