Simona Halep vs. Sloane Stephens, Roland Garros Final Prediction

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, 🏆 Final Prediction
🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇺🇸 (10) Sloane Stephens

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I’m going to side with Simona Halep here. This is a match that Simona simply must win and I believe she is finally strong enough to take her chance and claim her first Grand Slam title.

Simona Halep of Romania in action during the semi-final of the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

The first and most obvious advantage for Halep is her recent dominance of Stephens. Halep has won the last 4 matches between the pair, all in straight sets. Their most recent match was a domination, a 6-2 6-1 win for Halep at the Rogers Cup last year. Halep’s ability to absorb and redirect the pace of Stephens is critical to her advantage in this match-up. In many ways Halep is simply a better version of Stephens.

Halep has had the much more challenging run to the final and arrives in the final on the back of a superb win over Garbine Muguruza. Conversely, Stephens has had a fairly favourable draw and has only faced one real challenge in Paris, her third round win over Giorgi which in truth she should have lost, Giorgi’s lack of composure let Sloane of the hook.

Halep has been at this stage in Paris twice before, on both occasions she had a great chance to win, she didn’t, but she will not make the same mistake again. Halep has shown this year that she is now much stronger mentally, this is the key factor here. I think Halep will bring her best tennis to Saturday’s final which will be too much for Stephens to handle. Halep is simply the better player and is more consistent. Halep for the win.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Sloane Stephens in 2 sets
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