Dubai DFTC – R2 Prediction
🇷🇴 (3) Simona Halep vs. 🇨🇦 (wc) Eugenie Bouchard
Simona Halep is rightfully a strong favourite to kick-start her Dubai campaign with a victory over Canadian wild card Eugenie Bouchard. Halep has comfortably accounted for Bouchard in their two most recent matches and I expect a similar result here.
This is a bad match-up for Bouchard and Halep is clearly a class above. Bouchard does not possess the firepower to consistently hit through Halep on a medium paced hard court and she certainly doesn’t have the stamina of defensive ability to stick with Halep, this means Bouchard is totally reliant on Halep being very off to be competitive, which is very unlikely. Halep’s recent form is good after reaching the Doha final last week and she seems to be getting better and better as the year goes on, expect Halep to win this easily.