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Will Halep Rule French Open 2017 Women’s Singles?

May 29, 2017

The French Open 2017 women’s singles competition is well under way. With Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams out of the picture, the grand slam can be anyone’s competition.

Simona Halep is the Bitcoin sportsbook odds’ clear favorite for this Grand Slam. Following her with single digit odds is Elina Svitolina.

Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina

Pinnacle is setting Halep with 5.330 odds while NetBet has her at 5.00. Her odds can be due to her top form this year.

Halep never won a French Open title throughout her career. She only got to the Open finals on 2014 where she lost to Maria Sharapova. With Sharapova and Williams out of the competition this year, Halep has very little competition who can match her performance.

The Romanian is in her element when she is on clay. Halep took home the title in Madrid where she won every match. She has a total 121.7-percent hold/break percentage on the clay court which shows that she is quite a threat this season.

However, she suffered a loss in the hands of Svitolina in the Rome finals. Halep also suffered an ankle injury during the match. Her loss in Rome also resulted in her odds sliding down to 5.33 from 4.370 in Pinnacle.

Svitolina has had quite some attention after her win in Rome against Halep. She also has the most points this year than other players. Despite this, Svitolina has lower odds than Halep due to her performance on a clay court.

This can be due to bookies questioning her performance. Svitolina took home the title in Istanbul without engaging against a top-tier player. What’s more, her victory against Halep was due to an ankle injury. If Halep can bring back her A-game throughout the season, Svitolina may have a hard time against the Romanian if the two reach the finals again.

Garbine Muguruza

The other player close to the top players is Garbine Muguruza. Pinnacle has Mugurza at 10.620 while NetBet has her at 10.00.

Garbine Muguruza is this year’s defending champion. By all accounts, she should be the one with the 5.00 odds or fewer this season because of her performance last year. Muguruza even won against Williams last year and she was the number two favorite in Roland Garros.

Despite her performance last year, Muguruza is in a slump. Last summer, she was not focused on the matches. She also suffered a minor neck injury during Rome’s semi-finals.

Roland Garros can be the tune up court that Muguruza needs to get back her form from last year. She is also driven by her goal to be the first female player to get consecutive titles in Roland Garros since 2007. Muguruza still has a good chance at winning the Open if she can get out of her slump and recover from her neck injury.