Svitolina vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Sunday May 21, 2017, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Halep - 205 / Svitolina +175 -- Over/Under:
Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 68 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. It's safe to say Halep has found her groove, as she's dropped just one set this tournament and is back to playing with that energy and confidence. Halep has simply dominated her service game in her last three matches and has dropped just 12 games in her last four sets played. Halep looks for her 16th career title and is 5-5 in final appearances on clay court. Halep has won her last four final appearances overall. Halep has won 15 straight matches on outdoor clay court.
Elina Svitolina is coming off a win over Garbine Muguruza in which she retired during the first set. In the victory, Svitolina won 75 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina has a nice little rest advantage after having to play just a few games in the semifinals and has played just 26 games since the quarterfinals. Its no secret this has been the breakout year for the 22-year-old Svitolina, and as long as she's aggressive on the return, she's one of the more dangerous players on tour. Svitolina looks to beat three top-10 players in this tournament alone. Svitolina also looks for her eighth career title and is 2-0 in final appearances on clay court. Svitolina has a chance to win her fourth title this season. Svitolina has won nine of her last 10 matches on outdoor clay court.
This will be the first time these two have met on the tennis court.
This is a terrific final to get us ready for the French Open, as both players are in great form and should be players to watch in the upcoming grand slam. When it's all said and done, however, I’m siding with Halep simply because she's more the more consistent player as of late and seems to have that pep in her step again. The Romanian firecracker is tough to beat when she has that confidence going as that fire burns deep. This will be a strong test for Svitolina, and I’m not sure she’ll be able to match Halep’s energy in this one.
I like Halep to win the title and gain tons of momentum heading into the big tournament.