Halep vs Stephens
WTA French Open, Finals
Simona Halep against Sloane Stephens. The current world No.1 vs No.10.
I think there shouldn't be any doubt here in term of winner. Halep will win this finals and will take its first ever Grand Slam trophy. The only small doubt is whether she will win in straight or she will lose one set. In both scenarios I see her covering this handicap games. If she lose a set by some chance, it would probably be like in QF against Kerber (tied lost set) but she will still win convincingly.
Is there some advantage for American? Well, that could be the fact she is already a Grand Slam winner (last season US Open). So Stephens probably doesn't have a pressure on her, especially since this is not her best surface now. No one expected from her to repeat here US Open success. So, pressure is only on Halep.
But that imperative Halep has IMO won't be problem. Cause now with 26 years of age, she is well experienced, three Grand Slams finals are already behind her. So, she won't choke this time like she did it many times in the past. Halep showed against Kerber she is not panicking if things start badly. What more after lost set, she has finished the match in style.
We can talk also about her victory over Muguruza. There she didn't need to win from set down, she simply destroyed Spanish opponent, to be more correct Halep destroyed excellent form Muguruza. It was real pleasure to watch Halep playing that match, it was one of best performances in Paris for years, not only her best but best overall.
We should also give credit to Stephens. She has played very well. But honestly, her half of the draw was way weaker. No way she would be in the finals if she was in other half of the draw. I see at least four to five players from whom Stephens would be defeated if she was in half of the draw where Halep was.
BTW, I won't bet this option but only from a reason I have outright bet on Halep long ago. But if that wasn't the case, my money would be on Simona Halep -3.5.
Halep vs Stephens prediction
|Halep -3.5||Pinnacle||1.81||10||2-1 WON (+8.1 units)|