Tennis Betting Prediction for 2018 Women’s French Open Final
After winning her first Grand Slam title just last fall, World No. 10 and 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens will look to keep World No. 1 Simona Halep from doing the same when they square off in the WTA Finals portion of the 2018 French Open. The tennis betting favorite, Simona Halep, has lost three Grand Slam finals in her career, including two at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017 and is desperate to make the Grand Slam breakthrough that Stephens pulled off just last year.
If you’re wondering whether Halep can finally nail down her first career slam win and avoid the upset, then let’s get to my expert WTA French Open Finals betting pick right now.
Simona Halep vs. Sloane Stephens Tennis Betting Prediction
— WTA (@WTA) 8 de junio de 2018
- When: Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 AM
- Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France
- TV: NBC
Stephens Road to the Final
- Tennis Betting Odds to Win: +185
Sloane Stephens smacked Magdalena Frech senseless in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round, but then narrowly avoided a huge upset in the second round by squeaking by Camila Giorgi 4-6, 6-1 and 8-6 in the third set in the second round. Stephens then beat Anett Kontaveit to a pulp 6-2, 6-0 in the third round before pounding Daria Kasatinka6-3, 6- in the quarterfinals.
Stephens then took out fellow American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in the semis by winning a scorching 77 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Sloane overcame seven aces by Keys and had just 11 unforced errors in the match.
Halep Road to the Final
- Tennis Betting Odds to Win: -225
Simona Halep smacked Taylor Townsend around 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, before defeating Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-0 in the second round. The World No. 1 then dispatched Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 in the third round, but needed three sets to get past World No. 12 Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals before running roughshod all over World No. 3 and 2016 French Open winner Garbiñe Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 in the semis on Thursday.
Halep won 61 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points while winning 56 percent of her return points and breaking Muguruza six times. Halep has produced one bagel, three one-game wins and one two-game victory this tournament and has the look of someone determined to finally claim her first grand slam title after going 0-3 in slam finals in her career.
Expert Tennis Betting Pick
Halep and Stephens have faced one another seven times in their careers with Halep owning a decisive 5-2 record that includes
four consecutive victories dating back to 2013. Halep has also claimed a victory in both of their career meetings on clay with both wins coming in straight sets back in 2012 at Barcelona and 2014 here at Roland Garros.
Overall, four of Halep’s five career wins over Stephens have come in straight sets, even though it should be noted that Stephens is no longer the weak-minded player that she used to be.
Nevertheless, I’m going with Simona Halep to nail down her first grand slam title by subduing the sweet-swinging Stephens in three tough sets.
Halep is more mentally mature than ever and really is the better clay court player, not to mention the fact that she’s been locked in and focused from the start as she gets set to play in her third final at Roland Garros. Go with Simona Halep in Three Sets.
Last 10 Roland Garros Champions
- 2017: Jelena Ostapenko
- 2016: Garbiñe Muguruza
- 2015: Serena Williams
- 2014: Maria Sharapova
- 2013: Serena Williams
- 2012: Maria Sharapova
- 2011: Li Na
- 2010: Francesca Schiavone
- 2009: Svetlana Kuznetsova
- 2008: Ana Ivanovic