WTA Madrid Tennis Picks: Can Simona Halep Extend Her Steak?

Simona Halep Madrid

João Mourato

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 7:02 AM UTC

Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 7:02 AM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his tennis betting analysis for the WTA Madrid. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the player to keep an eye on this event.

Defending Champion

The Mutua Madrid Open takes place at the Manzanares Park Tennis Center with clay as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier Mandatory event.

Simona Halep can become the first player to win three consecutive titles at the Mutua Madrid Open. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour, the world No.1 holds an impressive 71.78% winning record throughout her career on red dirt. On the other hand, the fast conditions in Madrid suit Halep’s style with the Romanian losing only 2 of the last 19 matches played on this event.

Halep began her Mutua Madrid Open title defense with a flawless performance against Ekaterina Makarova. The defending champion only dropped one game to secure her 13th consecutive win in the Spanish capital. Looking now at Simona’s draw on this event, the No.1 seed won’t have an easy task in the following round against Elise Mertens. The Belgian is on a 13-match winning streak after winning back-to-back titles in Lugano and Rabat. However, it’s impossible to ignore Simona’s brilliant numbers in Madrid. For that reason, our advice is for you to add the Romanian’s -3.5 spread at -128 at Pinnacle to your betting picks. Adding to this, placing a bet on Halep’s outright at +500 at BetVictor is also an interesting approach for this tournament.

Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -3.5 (-128)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Player to Watch

Maria Sharapova continues her quest for a first WTA Tour title since October in Tianjin. The 2014 Mutua Madrid Open champion has been hampered by a left forearm injury for most of the 2018 season and arrived in Spain after four consecutive defeats. Nevertheless, the former world No.1 looks to be coming into the form that took her to win multiple Grand Slam titles, including two in Roland Garros. Despite slow start, Sharapova rallied from a break down to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in straight-sets in the previous round.

Sharapova returns to action this Wednesday against Kristina Mladenovic. These two players know each other well with Mladenovic winning their most recent encounter at the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. On the other hand, playing in Madrid brings great memories to Mladenovic with the French reaching the Mutua Madrid Open final in 2017. However, the fast conditions on this event should benefit Sharapova on this match-up. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Maria’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Russian’s moneyline at -161 at William Hill.

Free Tennis Pick: Maria Sharapova ML (-161)Best Line Offered: William Hill

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