WTA Moscow 2013 Final: Samantha Stosur vs Simona Halep Preview

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Tomorrow afternoon in Moscow, the surging Samantha Stosur (Player Bio) of Australia meets Simona Halep (Player Bio) in the finals. This is the fifth meeting between the two top 20 players, with Stosur leading the series 3-1. Check out Stosur vs Halep Head to Head.

The Australian steamrolled past former two time Grand Slam champion and doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach her second consecutive final in Moscow. Stosur did not lose a single recieving game in the opening set yet was broken twice to finish at 6-2. She maintained her lead in the second until she reached 5-1, where she then failed to close out the match twice before eventually managing to seal the win 6-2, 6-4. The World No. 19 is coming off a title win in Osaka, her fifth overall career title and second of the season. The Australian was a runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at last year’s Kremlin Cup and will be looking to secure the title with a win in her second try at the Moscow final.

Simona Halep continues her quest for a fifth title this season with a strong showing against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Halep broke Pavlyuchenkova six times and won 69% of points on serve in her 6-2, 6-1 win on Saturday. She is 4-3 in WTA finals overall, with four wins this year (Nurnberg, s-Hertogenbosch, Budapest and New Haven) and will be looking to extend that further with a win in Moscow.  She has had a magnificent year on tour after failing to win a single title in 2013 (0-3 in finals), she regrouped for her career-best season in 2013 for a perfect 4-0 record in WTA finals. While Stosur holds the head-to-head advantage over the Romanian, that perfect stat will certainly make Halep the favourite heading into the finals tomorrow.

This is the second time Halep and Stosur meet this year, having met at the Cincinnati Masters, where Halep picked her her first win over the Australian in three sets. Prior to that match in August, Stosur had enjoyed a perfect 3-0 record over Halep, including two French Open wins (2010,2011) and a hard court win at the Canadian Masters in 2012. Now 1-1 in hard court matches, tomorrow’s contest will certainly be an entertaining and competitive affair between two elite talents on the tour. Will Halep manage to finish her season with a 5-0 record in finals or will Stosur snap her streak and pick up her third title of the season?

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