Roland Garros, Second Round
(6) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas
Simona Halep continues her quest for maiden Grand Slam title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Zarina Diyas at Roland Garros. Halep came agonizingly close to claiming her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2014 when she lost a tight three set final against Maria Sharapova, the Romanian seems to be in a reasonable position to go one step further in 2016 and made a solid start with a strong first round win.
Halep made a commanding start to her 2016 Roland Garros campaign on Tuesday, recording a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 victory over Nao Hibino. Halep was in a comfortable position throughout the match and ended the match with some decent numbers, hitting 16 winners to 11 unforced errors and maintaining a high first serve percentage. Halep is one of the most in form players heading into Roland Garros after a confidence boosting title run in Madrid a couple of weeks ago, it will be interesting to see just how far Simona can go on the Parisian clay in 2016.
Zarina Diyas advanced to the second round in Roland Garros for the second time in her career courtesy of a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over Carina Witthoeft. It was a fairly typical win for the Kazakh who often finds a way to outlast opponents ranked similarly to herself. Diyas will clearly face a far greater challenge on Wednesday when she comes up against Simona Halep in the second round.
Halep holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Diyas, winning both of the previous matches between the pair very comfortably: a 6-1 6-4 win at the Australian Open and a 6-3 6-0 win at Wimbledon (both in 2014). This is a good match-up for Halep because these two have a reasonably similar style but Halep does everything better than Diyas and is far more experienced at this level. This should be another comfortable win for Halep as she looks to continue to gain momentum in Paris.