Pliskova vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pliskova +240 / Halep -280 -- Over/Under:
Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova meet in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a three set win over Elina Svitolina that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 62 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Halep dropped her first set of the tournament in her last match, but won a second set tiebreak and the final set, 6-0. That was a match Halep has blown in the past, and it was nice to see her dig deep and find a way to come through with the victory. As long as Halep continues to serve well, she has to be the favorite to win this title. Halep hopes to make her second career grand slam final and first since the 2014 French Open. Halep is 1-2 in grand slam semifinal appearances. Halep has won 10 of her last 11 matches on clay court.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 79 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova is coming off a match in which she hit 25 winners and won 41 percent of her return points. Pliskova now has 21 aces in her last four matches and has lost just 25 first serve points in her last two matches. The serve is always key with the hard hitting Pliskova, and right now, her first serve is keeping her alive in these tight matches she's been playing. Pliskova hopes to make her second career grand slam final and first since the 2016 US Open. Pliskova is 1-0 in grand slam semifinal appearances. Pliskova has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played six times in the past and Halep has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Canadian Masters, a match Halep won in 18 games. This will be the first meeting on clay court.
Halep has been terrific on clay court all season long and has to be considered the favorite to win the French Open. Pliskova has struggled with her second serve this tournament, and that will continue against the aggressive and effective return of Halep. In the last match between these two, Halep broke four times and Pliskova couldn't do anything on the return. When Halep is dialed in and not thinking too much, there's not many players who can break her rhythm.
This is a match Halep should win and advance to her second career grand slam final.