The World No. 2 opted to head to Adelaide to quarantine, and train and faced off in the one-day exhibition there against World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.
Laura Siegemund on paper could be a challenge but all of their encounters previously have been on clay, and more importantly Halep will at least have gotten some match practice in even if it is just an exhibition.
Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R2: Anastasia Potapova | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Laura Siegemund  | H2H: Siegemund leads 2-1
Also fresh from the Adelaide exhibition, Osaka seemed to enjoy her outing against Serena Williams, who edged her in the exhibition match, but not worth putting a huge amount of store in that performance.
Her serve could do with sharpening up on first glance, but in tour conditions, expect to see a more focussed Osaka.
Osaka’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R2: Alizé Cornet | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Cori Gauff  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
QF: Johanna Konta  | H2H: Konta leads 4-1 (incl. Billie Jean King Cup)
SF: Elina Svitolina  | H2H: Tied at 3-3
F: Simona Halep  | H2H: Halep leads 4-1
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Perhaps the real question is can Sabalenka keep her amazing unbeaten run going – she comes in with 15 wins on the bounce, and could well add to that before she meets more formidable opponents, on paper at least.
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