Rogers Cup Final: (10) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs (5) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep
Sunday’s Rogers Cup final promises to be an extremely close, competitive encounter between Madison Keys and Simona Halep. This match-up features an entertaining contrast in styles: the powerful American up against the consistent Romanian, consistently usually prevails in these types of match-ups but Keys is playing well enough to suggest she has what it takes to win the biggest title of her career.
Madison Keys is into her third final of 2016 and will be aiming for her second title. The American cruised past Elena Vesnina and Madison Brengle in her opening matches before requiring three sets to get past Venus Williams and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Madison confirmed her spot in the final with a commanding 6-2 6-1 win over Kristina Kucova in what was a near flawless performance.
Simona Halep has progressed through a very tough draw to reach her second Rogers Cup final. Simona claimed straight set wins over Daria Gavrilova and Karolina Pliskova in her opening couple of matches before requiring three sets to get past Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber.
Halep holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Keys. Simona has won their two most recent clashes, a 5-7 6-0 6-1 win in Rome in 2014 and more recently a 6-7 6-4 6-3 win at Wimbledon last month.
This is a tough match to call, the result will depend on Madison’s level. Given Madison’s recent form I suspect she is playing well enough to get the job done. Fatigue could be a factor for Halep as she is also into the final in the doubles draw. A fresh, firing Keys has all the weapons to hit through Halep, If Keys serves well she will be tough to beat. This really could go either way.