Halep can put an end to Kerber's winning run
In-form pair look set to serve up a blockbuster semi-final
from 4am Thursday, Eurosport 1
Angelique Kerber dropped just three games in dismantling an out-of-sorts Madison Keys in her last-eight clash, but her resurgence may come to a halt when she faces world number one Simona Halep in a highly-anticipated semi-final showdown.
The German’s humiliation of Keys extended her winning run in singles matches to 14 and suggests that after a quiet 2017, she is back to the standard that saw her reach three Grand Slam finals in the previous year.
It has been some ride for Kerber’s followers since she clinched her first Major title in Melbourne two years ago. The 30-year-old failed to win a ranking event last season and her poor performances saw her slide from world number one to outside the top 20.
Kerber’s resurgence is admirable but whether she should be favourite for a battle with an extremely athletic Halep is open to debate.
The Romanian made similarly light work of the classy Karolina Pliskova in her quarter-final, dropping only five games, and is going from strength to strength as she chases her maiden Grand Slam crown.
Kerber has won four of the last five meetings but they haven't faced each other since 2016 and Halep’s all-round game looks to have improved since linking up with Darren Cahill.
Both players have the right blend of defence and attack and that could mean the match will go the distance. The confident pair are producing some of their best stuff and neither looks like letting the occasion get the better of them.
Halep won a title in Shenzhen in preparation, while Kerber triumphed in the Sydney International, and two in-form players could serve up a thriller.
S Halep to win 2-1
1pt 7-2 bet365, Sky Bet
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