Montreal 2016: Simona Halep vs. Madison Keys Championship Prediction

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Madison Keys vs. Simona Halep

This is an excellent championship match.  Both players are legitimate threats looking for their first Grand Slam title, but they play in a way that contrasts their strengths.  Keys has power and loves to dictate play.  Halep is a gifted counter-puncher.  Keys has the much better serve, but Halep is one of the top returners on the WTA Tour.  Therefore, I think the points will be a lot of fun for fans.

I think in a situation like this the winner might be the one who steals the thunder of the other player.  If Halep serves better than usual or makes Keys counter-punch, she will likely win.  Similarly, if Keys’ improvisation leads to taking a few points she shouldn’t have won, Keys will likely win.

My Prediction: Both players would love to and realistically can add a lot of big hardware to their trophy cases this summer.  Halep’s win over Angelique Kerber should give her some confidence.  If Halep can take care of her own service games, I think she wins a gritty match.

Simona Halep d. Madison Keys 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Confidence in my pick: Low – they are pretty evenly matched

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