2020 Australian Open – Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza on and what time does it start? Thursday 30th January, 2020 – not before 04:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza? Sunny and high temperatures around 39c

What channel is Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza? Simona Halep beat Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

SIMONA HALEP

  • Simona Halep made her Australian Open ambitions clear with a commanding straight-sets performance in her quarter-final match with Anett Kontaveit, conceding just two games.
  • The Romanian world number four has won titles at Roland-Garros and more recently at Wimbledon last summer but has yet to claim a Grand Slam trophy on hard courts.
  • 29-year-old Halep leads Garbine Muguruza 3-2 in career meetings and won their previous and only Grand Slam encounter to date in the semi-finals of 2018’s Roland-Garros, where she later won the championship.

GARBINE MUGURUZA

  • After a shaky start to her Australian Open campaign where she dropped sets in the first two rounds, Garbine Muguruza has powered past three seeded players to reach her first semi-final at Melbourne.
  • The world number 32 has taken out 5th seed Elina Svitolina, 9th seed Kiki Bertens and an in-form Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova without dropping a set to face Simona Halep for a sixth time.
  • Like Halep, Muguruza also has her sights on the two hard-court Grand Slams to complete a career slam, having won the French Open in 2016 and the following Wimbledon in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza have travelled similar paths at Grand Slams as former champions at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon but while expectations have been high on the Romanian, Muguruza’s presence in the last four is something of a shock. The Spaniard has found something near her best form at this tournament and can blast opponents off the court better than most when in this mood, but Halep’s manoeuvrability around court could blunt that weapon enough to see her through this semi-final, as she did the last time they played at Roland-Garros.

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