Score, report, and key facts
Alexandrova won the set after she broke Simona in the 5th (3-2) and in the 9th (6-3) game. That was enough for Ekaterina to win the set because she didn’t drop her serve during the rest of the set.
Alexandrova started the set in the best possible way after breaking Halep in the 2nd game (2-0). However, Simona managed to stage a great comeback to break Ekaterina in the 3rd (1-2) and in the 11th (6-5) game before winning the set (7-5).
Simona won the set after she broke the Russian in the 5th (3-2) and in the 9th (5-4) game. The Russian tried to stage a comeback breaking in the 6th (3-3) game. Notwithstanding, Halep kept the focus before winning the set 6-4.
The Romanian won this match even if she scored less points than the Russian (94 vs. 95).
Halep won this match even if she wasn’t that great in converting her break points since she converted only 40% (4/10). On the other side, Ekaterina was not so effective in converting her break points as she converted only 31% of her break points (4/13). That was one of the key issues for her demise.
After this encounter, the head to head between Halep and Alexandrova is 1-0 for Simona.
Highlights Simona Halep vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati
Next Match: Simona Halep vs. Madison Keys – H2H and stats
Halep will play Keys in the 3rd round.
The last time that they locked horns, Halep won 6-2 6-4 in the R in Singapore back in 2016.