Halep vs Ivanovic by Serialtips
Pool Stage, Final Leg
Simona Halep is sure to play the semi-finals whatever happen tomorrow, indeed even if she loses 6-0 6-0, she will be in front of Serena Williams thanks to an higher percentage of games won.
The question is to know if Halep wants to secure her first place of the group.
Well I think that there is no major reason for her to fight for this first place.
Firstly because I don't think that there is a player in the other group that she really wants to play in semi-finals if we look her H2H against them, besides if Sharapova succeeds to take the second place, Halep would be smart to let her first place to Ivanovic because she is losing 5-0 against Sharapova.
Secondly because Finals Masters are always difficult physically with accumulation of matchs against top players, and here this is a gold opportunity for her to keep some energy for semi-finals.
Thirdly because if she lets Ivanovic winning in 2 sets, they will eliminate Serena Williams, and even if Halep beat Serena easily, this is always a BIG relief to see Serena out.
Fourthly, if Halep finally wants to secure her first place, she just have to take 6 games, and she can still lose voluntarly in two sets so as to eliminate Williams (loss 6-3 6-3 by example)
On the opposite side, Ivanovic doesn't have the choice, if she wants to pass the pool stage, she has to beat Halep in two sets.
So, I think that there is possibility to see Halep keeping her energy during this match and let Ivanovic winning in 2 sets, which will eliminate Serena Williams who is still the player that everyone wants to see out.
Her 2-0 worths a "shot".
|A.Ivanovic 2-0||Betsson||3.15||8||1-2 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.