Simona Halep vs Flavia Pennetta Preview and Prediction – Miami Open 2015 R4

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Following impressive performances in their third round matches in Miami, Simona Halep and Flavia Pennetta are scheduled to take part in an enthralling encounter to determine who will advance to the quarter-final stage of the tournament. This is the fourth time that Pennetta and Halep will meet on the tour and the Romanian is yet to earn her first victory over the veteran. Check out the Halep vs Pennetta Head to Head.

World No. 3 Simona Halep took part in a wildly entertaining third round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi, whom she eventually defeated in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to secure the win. It marked her best career showing in Miami.

“Yeah, it’s the first time I’m in the fourth round here in Miami,” Halep said. “I came from Indian Wells, where I won the title, so I have more confidence now to win matches. And I like to play here. But I’m just trying to stay focused and keep improving every match. I want to fight for every chance.”

Halep’s fourth round match will be against Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in straight sets – both competitive tiebreaks. She toppled the former Miami Open champion 7-6(5), 7-6(6).

“It was a really good match. We both played really well,” Pennetta said. “In the end I was a little bit tight, but that’s normal when you have such a great champion like her on the other side of the net.

Of their three previous meetings on the professional tour, Halep has never managed to defeat Pennetta. However, while she holds an 0-3 record against the Italian, they have not crossed paths since 2013, which means she will now play an entirely different Halep this time around. With that in mind, this could be Halep’s time to clinch that elusive win.

“She’s improved a lot,” Pennetta said. “I’m going to try everything.”

Prediction: Simona Halep in Three Sets

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