Halep won Madrid on clay, but she’s not that bad of a grass courter either.
By: Shane Lambert
Simona Halep was the last woman standing after the conclusion of the WTA Madrid event. Following an exodus of the top players in the early rounds and, in the case of Serena Williams pre-tournament, Halep took full advantage and claimed the title through a relatively cushy draw. While the absence of Williams and the injury withdrawal of Victoria Azarenka can’t be ignored when looking at Halep’s Madrid title, that she has to be gaining in confidence is also a point not to be ignored.
Halep is already recognized as a French Open contender. She is the third favorite behind Williams and Azarenka, priced at 7 to 1 with betway and a few other firms. Those odds do not have clear value in my opinion, with 20 to 1 or longer the price I would want on Halep for the French Open in order to feel like I was getting something solid.
I have the same opinion when it comes to Halep and Wimbledon. When it comes to that event, I think many will be put-off by Halep due to her form from last season during the summer. However, I think we might see the Romanian get back to her 2014 form this year, a year where she made the French Open final and then the Wimbledon semifinals.
For betting odds, Halep is priced nicely at 22 to 1 for the All England Club’s title with Coral. Those odds are long enough to justify backing Halep in my view, mainly because of her play of late and her success at Wimbledon in 2014.
Halep is definitely a player to watch in Rome but I feel like in order to bet her big a big win is needed. This season she doesn’t actually have that and even the Madrid draw was only through Dominika Cibulkova and Timea Baczsinsky. However, she did beat Petra Kvitova in Fed Cup play this year and if she can another victory over a player like that then I would be advising a larger bet. At this point, a sprinkle at 22 to 1 appears to be in order.
1-pt bet on Halep to win Wimbledon at 22 to 1 each way with Coral