Ostapenko vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Saturday June 10, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Halep -355 / Ostapenko +295 -- Over/Under:
Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko meet Saturday in the 2017 French Open Final.
Simona Halep is coming off a three set win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 71 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Halep has played back-to-back three set matches and seems to have gotten stronger in both of the final sets, which is a positive sign considering she has a long history of letting frustration takeover matches. Halep continues to be aggressive with her return and her defense is the reason she's made it this far, as she forces her opponent to hit constant winners if they're going to win the game. Halep just has to be more consistent with her serve in order for easier matches to take place. Halep looks for her first career grand slam title, and this is her second grand slam final appearance. Halep is 5-6 in her career in overall final appearances on clay court. Halep has won 11 of her last 12 matches on clay court.
Jelena Ostapenko is coming off a three set win over Timea Bacsinszky that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Ostapenko won 55 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. This has been a magical tournament for the young Ostapenko, as she had little to no grand slam success heading into the French, and now she made her first ever grand slam final appearance on her birthday. Ostapenko isn't serving well and has been broken many times, but it’s the fact she's produced a combined 134 winners in her last three matches that's allowed her to get to this point. Ostapenko continues to go for broke and it's paying off for her in a way she couldn't have imagined. Win or lose, Ostapenko will have her career prize money more than double after this match. Ostapenko has a chance to win her first career grand slam title at just 20 years old. Ostapenko has won nine of her last 10 matches on clay court.
This will be the first time these two have met on the tennis court.
We made money backing Ostapenko during the semifinals, but this is a match that favors Halep quite clearly. Halep’s defense, athleticism and ability to keep the ball in play will force Ostapenko to make a lot of tough shots. While Ostapenko has been able to hit a ton of winners this tournament, her go for broke style has also produce a truckload of unforced errors, something a top tier player can take advantage of. Halep’s game has been solid all clay court season, and you're not going to beat her with 30-plus unforced errors.
Its nice to see two new players with a chance to win their first grand slam crown. Halep will get the job done in possibly in straight sets.