January 14, 2019 / 12:25 PM / 2 days ago

Factbox: Tennis - Simona Halep v Kaia Kanepi

(Reuters) - A look at the records of Romanian Simona Halep and Estonian Kaia Kanepi before their first-round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday (prefix number denotes seeding):

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 10, 2019 - Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

1-SIMONA HALEP

Age: 27

WTA Ranking: 1 (Highest ranking: 1)

Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2018)

2018 Australian Open performance: Runner-up (2018)

Best Australian Open performance: Runner-up (2018)

Halep can cover the court quickly despite her 1.68-metre frame and she has the ability to surprise opponents with winners even when she is on the back foot.

But the Romanian has her work cut out against Kanepi who eliminated her in straight sets in the first round of the U.S. Open last year.

KAIA KANEPI

Age: 33

WTA Ranking: 71 (Highest ranking: 15)

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 Australian Open performance: Third round

Best Australian Open performance: Third round (2009, 2018)

At 33, Kanepi is well past her peak but holds a psychological advantage over Halep after beating her in New York last year.

An aggressive player with a powerful forehand and backhand, she might rely on her physical advantage too, considering she is 1.81 meters tall and stronger than Halep in rallies.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 28, 2018 Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in action during her first round match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

HEAD-TO-HEAD (Halep 1 - Kanepi 1)

2014 Halep d Kanepi 6-4 3-6 7-6(5) (Doha, hard)

2018 Kanepi d Halep 6-2 6-4 (U.S. Open, hard)

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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