WTA Indian Wells Betting Semifinals: Halep vs. Osaka

João Mourato

Friday, March 16, 2018 5:06 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 5:06 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Find out our top tennis pick for the WTA Semifinals and why you should place this valuable bet.

Simona Halep (1) vs. Naomi Osaka

Regardless of this Friday’s outcome, Naomi Osaka already secured her career-high ranking next week with an unprecedented appearance in the top 35. Known as one of the most promising young players on the WTA Tour, the 20-year-old holds an outstanding 76.47% winning record in 2018. Adding to this, Osaka won 6 of her last 9 encounters against top 20 players. Taking a look now at Naomi’s campaign on this event, the Japanese reaches this stage of the competition after an impressive 6 – 2 6 – 3 win over Karolina Pliskova.

Simona Halep continues her quest for a second BNP Paribas Open title. Playing in Indian Wells brings the best out of Halep with the 26-year-old winning 78.57% of the matches played throughout her career on this tournament. On the other hand, the high bouncing conditions in the California desert are perfect for Simona’s outstanding counter punching skills with the world No.1 winning 44.90% of her opponents’ service games on this event.

These two players will face each other for the fourth time in their careers with Osaka still looking for her first win over this opponent.

In addition to Simona’s lead on the h2h, the Romanian didn’t drop a single set on their most recent encounter at the 2018 Australian Open. Despite Naomi’s undeniable quality, it won’t be easy for the world No.44 to overcome such a great competitor as Halep. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Simona’s -3.5 spread to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -3.5 (-120)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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