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2018 WTA French Open Final Betting Preview: Can Halep Hold Her Head?

Jun 08, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Simona Halep

The Highlights

  • Simona Halep (-250) and Sloane Stephens will meet in the French Open final on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET.
  • Halep will try to win her first major title, which she has failed to do three previous times.
  • Meanwhile, Stephens won her only Slam final appearance at the 2017 U.S. Open and owns a 6-0 Tour level championship-match record.
  • Don’t miss the first set, as the winner of the opening set has won 19 of the last 20 women’s Grand Slam finals.

We didn’t get much drama in the semifinals, as both Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens came through with ease in straight sets. Now, the tennis world is buzzing about Halep having a fourth shot at winning her first Slam title — something Stephens accomplished in her first try at the 2017 U.S. Open. Let’s take a closer look at the final, which pits two top 10 in-form players against each other.

Simona Halep (-225) vs. Sloane Stephens (+205) | O/U: 21.5

All eyes will be on Halep on Saturday afternoon in Paris — and whether or not she can win finally her maiden Grand Slam title — something she has failed to do three previous times.

As you can see, she has played competitively in those championship matches, as all three went three sets. It’s all just a mental issue of not being able to close out a match. Halep has even lost the last four Premier finals she has played, including on the clay of Rome in both 2017 and 2018. She also lost in the 2014 WTA Tour Finals in Singapore.

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