Niculescu 1.58, Rybarikova 2.66
Head to heads are 3-3. They last played at Wimbledon in July 2017. Rybarikova won on grass in straight sets. Niculescu won their only hard court match in January 2014 in Hobart. She won in 2 easy sets.
Niculescu was being outplayed by Sharapova in the last round. Sharapova was a set and a break up but lost in 3 sets. Sharapova was well below par and hit 11 double faults and was broken 7 times.
Rybarikova beat Wild Card Fatima Al-Nabhani in straight sets in the last round. She served pretty well and won 72% of her first serve points.
They have quite similar hard court results in the last 12 months. Both won 60% of their matches. Some value on Rybarikova though I favour Niculescu to win a long match.
Back Niculescu after she gets broken. She will have to work hard for her holds. We have a fair chance of 3 sets.
Update: Niculescu lost the opening set in a tie break but won the second set 6-2. Rybarikova retired in the third set at 0-3.
Niculescu won 6-7, 6-2, 3-0(ret)