Tomorrow morning, starting at 09:30, we have the final of the Australian Open tournament, Simona Halep – Caroline Wozniacki.
We will certainly have an open-ended match as both players come with a huge desire for victory, none of they being able to win a Grand Slam trophy to this day. The winner will secure a prize of $3.300.000 and the prestige of holding the #1 WTA position.
Mats Wilander statement: Simona Halep deserved the semi-finals victory as she played more aggressive, winning both the physical aswel as the psychological duels against Kerber. She really grew enormously on the course of a year.
Simona Halep’s statement – Press conference: : “I feel more experienced and stronger mentally. The way the game is played now gives me the confidence to be more aggresive. I’ve managed to score 50 straight winners and 6 in the semifinals. I hope i will repeat the same performance Saturday”.
Even if in the head-to-head duels Caroline Wozniacki leads with a 4-2 score, Simona’s game style has changed radically since the last times the two of them met in October and June. Simona used to stay on the defensive and try to return every ball, but now her game has changed completely and finds here attacking almost every ball and trying to close the points with winning shots.
In her last two meeting against Pliskova and Kerber, Simona Halep has greatly increased the lever of her play, scoring many winners and showing mental strenght. I expect her to continue on this path in the Australian Open finals. Wozniacki is very similar to Kerber, and if Simona approaches the same style as she did in the semifinals against the german player, it’s hard to see Caroline having the first chance. My prediction for the match Simona Halep – Caroline Wozniacki is below.
Predictions: Simona Halep top win, odds 1.72.
Stake: 6 units