Simona Halep (ROU) vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Jelena Jankovic put together a surprising second week run at Wimbledon. She has followed that up with a semifinal or better showing at Cincinnati. Simona Halep returned to her top 10 form with a runner-up finish in Toronto last week. Halep retired in the 3rd set of the championship match so fatigue may be a concern in this match. The usual humidity and heat of Cincinnati broke on Friday so that is likely to Halep’s advantage.
JJ will need to attack Halep’s serve and break frequently. Otherwise, Halep should win this match. I do not see it being as close as their Indian Wells final earlier this year. She is the better player at this stage of their careers. JJ has a way of working her way into matches and under her opponent’s skin, but I don’t think that will lead to a victory for the Serb.
My Prediction: Simona Halep d. Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-1