Madrid 2016: Cibulkova vs. Halep Championship Prediction

Dominika Cibulkova vs. Simona Halep

This is potentially going to be a great match.  Both players when playing good tennis fight for every inch of the court and never surrender a point.  Each is playing well and healthy at the moment.  Cibulkova leads their head-to-head 3-1, but Halep’s one win was their only meeting on clay.  They have not faced off since the 2014 Australian Open so their head-to-head may not mean much.  I expect a lot of tough rallies and physical play.  In this sense, I favor Cibulkova due to her being less likely in my mind to physically breakdown during a match from injury.  However, I think Halep is the better clay court mover and that makes this more or less a 50-50 match.  Fans should enjoy this one, but if I have to make a pick I will say:

My Prediction: Simona Halep d. Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 

On any other surface, I likely reverse this pick


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