Simona Halep will face Qinwen Zheng in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this Simona Halep vs Qinwen Zheng match along with its preview, head-to-head comparison and tips here.
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Simona Halep versus Qinwen Zheng head to head
Halep leads 1-0, most recently beating the young Chinese in straight sets as Melbourne Set 1 in 2022.
Halep survives the Schunk test
Three-time French Open finalist Simona Halep kicked off her 2022 season in Paris with a three-set win over lucky loser Nastasja Schunk of Germany. The Romanian was put to the test, but after a short lack of concentration she came out stronger in the end with 6: 4, 1: 6, 6: 1.
After struggling with form issues and injury fears for most of last season, the former world number one is on a resurgent path this year. She won her first singles title since September 2020 in Melbourne, followed by semi-final stints in Dubai and Indian Wells.
Later, the 30-year-old also reached the quarter-finals in Madrid, while her trip in Rome was ended by Danielle Collins in round two.
Halep, who is now ranked No. 19 in the world, looks more and more like herself with every match she plays. She is in good shape – physically and mentally – and well equipped to deliver another deep run at Roland Garros.
That energy and confidence is much needed as her likely opponent in the upcoming matches may be Jelena Ostapenko followed by the mighty Iga Swiatek.
Zheng continues to impress
Playing in her first-ever French Open, 19-year-old Qinwen Zheng started with a positive 6-3, 6-1 win over Maryna Zanevska.
The youngster has made great strides on the Tour this season; She started outside the 120 and now finds herself at number 74. Her highlights include an ITF title in Orlando and a second-round stint at the Australian Open as a qualifier.
However, it’s fair to say that Zheng’s form is still in the works, and the same is evident in her early departures in Miami, Charleston and Madrid for Magda Linette, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Karolina Muchova.
While Zheng has some experience on clay and can fight, she needs to bring her A-game to take on Halep.
Halep v Zheng prediction and tip
Halep is the favorite and should make it into the third round well. However, she can be challenged again and pushed to three sets. After all, Zheng has the necessary energy for a demanding substrate like clay. However, it’s hard to imagine her outperforming the Romanian unless her opponent is having a bad day at work.
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