Simona Halep: Tennis Player Profile

João Mourato

Sunday, April 28, 2019 4:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019 4:44 PM UTC

Simona Halep has been among the best players in the world for many years and it’s also the only Romanian woman ever to be ranked world No.1 on the WTA rankings.

<p style="text-align:center;"><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Career Numbers</span></p><p><strong>Date of Birth: </strong>September 27, 1991</p><p><strong>Height:</strong> 5’6” (168 cm)</p><p><strong>Birthplace:</strong> Constanta, Romania</p><p><strong>Plays:</strong> Right Handed</p><p><strong>Titles:</strong> 18 (up to 27th April 2019)</p><ul> <li><u>Grand Slams</u>: 1</li> <li><u>Premier</u>: 7</li> <li><u>Clay</u>: 7</li> <li><u>Hard Court</u>: 10</li> <li><u>Grass</u>: 1</li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Early Career</span></p><p>Simona Halep started playing tennis at the age of four and was always one of the best players of her generation. Born in Constanta, Halep moved to Bucharest when she was 16 to take her game to the next level since the city had better facilities and opportunities. Simona is a former junior world No.1 and won the French Open in 2008, defeating her fellow Romanian Elena Bogdan in the final. However, Halep struggled, like many others, to make the transition from junior to senior level.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Breakthrough Year</span></p><p>Halep played her first full season on the WTA Tour in 2009 but it took her more than four years to lift her first trophy. The Romanian superstar enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2013, winning six WTA Tour titles and becoming the first player to win her first six titles in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1986. When questioned about the reasons for her tremendous success in 2013, Halep pointed out her mental approach to the game. Simona came around to the realization that she had been putting too much pressure on herself and decided to be relaxed on court and play with pleasure. Besides winning six titles, Halep ended the year ranked No.11 in the world after an outstanding 53-18 record in 2013.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">First Grand Slam Title</span></p><p>After her incredible campaign in 2013, Halep reached her maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open in the following year. Simona pushed Maria Sharapova to the limit but lost her first Grand Slam final in three sets after more than three years on court. The former junior world No.1 finished 2014 in the Top 5 for the first time in her career and was always one of the main contenders to win the title in every tournament. However, Halep only returned to a Grand Slam final in 2017, once again in Roland Garros</p><p>Halep was the undeniable favourite to win the title against unseeded teenager Jelena Ostapenko. The Romanian won the opening set and was 3-0 up in the second with points for 4-0. However, Ostapenko produced one of the greatest comebacks in recent years to beat Halep in three sets and deny Romania their first Grand Slam winner since Virginia Ruzici in 1978. Despite her disappointing defeat in Paris, Halep became the first Romanian to end a WTA season as world No.1 and it seemed only a matter of time before Simona would win her first major title.</p><p>Simona advanced to her third Grand Slam final – first outside clay – at the Australian Open in 2018 but fell short once again, this time against Caroline Wozniacki. The Romanian was now 0-3 in Grand Slam finals and many started questioning her mental strength to win a major. Nevertheless, Halep arrived in Roland Garros a few months after as the world No.1 and determined to change the course of history. Simona reached her fourth Grand Slam final and ended her long-wait for a major title after a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Sloane Stephens in the final.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Betting Profile</span></p><p>Looking now at Simona’s numbers throughout her career, the Romanian has been a very interesting investment with a 5.10% ROI according to <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle’s closing odds</a> in the 658 matches she played so far on the WTA Tour.</p><p>Clay is Halep’s favourite surface but it’s on Hard Court where she has been more profitable in her career. On the other hand, you would be losing if you had bet in all Simona’s previous matches on grass. Let’s take a look at Halep’s ROI according to surface:</p><ul> <li>Hard Court: 7.4%</li> <li>Clay: 3.5%</li> <li>Grass: -1.7%</li></ul><p><br />Halep is not the most consistent player on tour and for that reason, it’s not surprising that she hasn’t been profitable when priced as heavy favourite. On the other hand, Simona has always been an excellent investment when her <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> were above even money due to her fighting spirit and tremendous quality.</p><ul> <li>&lt; 1/5 (1.20): -0.1%</li> <li>1/5 (1.20) to 1/2 (1.50): 3.8%</li> <li>1/2 (1.50) to 1/1 (2.00): 5.4%</li> <li>1/1 (2.00) or higher: 14.1%</li></ul><p><br />When betting on Halep one thing is certain: she will fight until the last point. This is one of the main reasons why Simona has been such a good investment as underdog because she will always push her opponents to the limit. On the other hand, Halep is not the most reliable player as heavy favourite and definitely a player to avoid adding to your <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a> on these price ranges.</p>
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