Join us for our daily coverage of the Mutua Madrid Open with two-time champion Simona Halep looking to extend her dominance on this event.
<p><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Simona Halep (3) vs. Johanna Konta</span><br /><strong>Tuesday, May 7, Madrid</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/simona-halep-tennis-player-profile/89899/" target="_blank" title="Simona Halep: Tennis Player Profile">Simona Halep</a> got off to a flying start at the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday by beating Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-0, 6-4 in the first round. The former world No.1 converted six of seven break point opportunities and won 60% of the points played on Gasparyan’s serve. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour, Halep loves the conditions at the Caja Mágica. The Romanian superstar is a two-time champion in Madrid and won 16 of her last 17 official matches on this event.</p><p>Halep will next face Johanna Konta in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open. Konta has enjoyed a strong start to the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/what-makes-clay-a-unique-surface-for-tennis-betting/89794/" target="_blank" title="What Makes Clay a Unique Surface for Tennis Betting?">clay-court season</a>, reaching her maiden WTA Tour final on red dirt in Rabat last week. The British No.1 continued her fine form on clay at the Mutua Madrid Open with a straight sets victory against Alison Riske on Sunday. Nevertheless, clay is Johanna’s worst surface with the 27-year-old winning only 11.11% of the matches played throughout her career on this surface when priced as underdog.</p><p>Halep and Konta have split their six previous encounters on the WTA Tour but the No.3 seed only dropped four games in their single encounter on red dirt in 2017. Looking now at the odds for this contest, the bookmakers are expecting a straightforward win from Halep with the Romanian as the heavy favourite at 1/5 (1.20) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with William Hill!">William Hill</a> while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 Today!">Bet365</a> offers 7/2 (4.50) for Konta to win this match. Despite Johanna’s recent success on this surface, it’s impossible to take her against such a great clay-court player as Halep. For that reason, adding Simona’s moneyline to an accumulator is an interesting approach, as well as taking her -1.5 Set Handicap at 7/10 (1.70) with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>.</p>