WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia – Halep, Barty co-favorites in Rome


Simona Halep gets ready to serve

Romania’s Simona Halep serves to Spain’s Sara Sorribes throughout their match on the Mutua Madrid Open tennis event in Madrid, Spain, Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photograph/Bernat Armangue)

  • The second of back-to-back WTA 1000 occasions begins Monday, Might 10 in Rome, Italy
  • Serena Williams, a four-time champion, is again on courtroom for the primary time for the reason that Australian Open
  • Learn beneath for evaluation of the occasion, odds, and greatest bets

There is a wonderful probability that this yr’s Italian Open ladies’s champion might be a primary time-winner in Rome.

As a result of those that have gained it earlier than are properly down the checklist of favorites.

WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia Odds

Seed Participant Complete at DraftKings
[3] Simona Halep (ROU) +400
[1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) +700
[7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) +700
[15] Iga Swiatek (POL) +800
[2] Naomi Osaka (JPN) +1000
[12] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) +1400
[11] Petra Kvitova (CZE) +1700
[14] Elise Mertens (BEL) +2000
[8] Serena Williams +2000
 [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) +2500
Karolina Muchova (CZE) +3300
Coco Gauff (USA) +4500
[4] Sofia Kenin +5000
[9] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) +5000
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) +6600
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +7000
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) +7000

Odds as of  Might ninth.

With that, Simona Halep sits atop the favorites checklist once more, as she did final week in Madrid when she and Iga Swiatek had been the co-favorites. In fact, neither of them made it to the weekend.

Halep has by no means gained it. However she’s made the ultimate twice.

Rome Success Counts for Very Little

Karolina Pliskova, the previous No. 1 and No. 9 seed within the event, gained the Italian Open in 2019 and made the ultimate in 2020.

That was lower than eight months in the past. However she’s to date down the checklist she’s barely price mentioning.

Elina Svitolina, who gained the event in 2017 and 2018, is also means down the checklist.

That’s not undeserved; neither has achieved something this yr to make you assume they’ve a WTA 1000 title run in them.

Serena Williams Lastly Returns

For the primary time for the reason that Australian Open in mid-February, Serena Williams is in a event draw.

The 39-year-old American has gained in Rome 4 occasions – the primary in 2002, earlier than Coco Gauff was even a twinkle in her dad and mom’ eyes. Swiatek wasn’t even on strong meals but.

However the four-time champ hasn’t gained it for 5 years. And given she’ll be stepping on clay this week for the primary time, has performed just some matches on clay within the final two years and has given her opponent a walkover in three of her final 4 clay-court appearances, expectations are low.

Nonetheless, she’s there. Sister Venus, who obtained a wild card, pulled out over the weekend.

So did world No. 6 Bianca Andreescu. After testing optimistic for COVID-19 upon arrival (and lacking Madrid), the Canadian cited problems with the Italian authorities for her withdrawal.

WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia Contenders – Greatest Earlier Outcomes

Participant Journeys to Rome Greatest Consequence
Ashleigh Barty 3 R16 (2019)
Simona Halep 10 F (2013, 2017, 2018)
Iga Swiatek 1 R64 (2020)
Aryna Sabalenka 2 R64 (2019, 2020)
Naomi Osaka 3 QF (2019)
Serena Williams 16 W (2002, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Petra Kvitova 7 QF (2012, 2015)
Elina Svitolina 7 W (2017, 2018)

Rookies in Rome Are Huge Favorites

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who had her 16-match clay successful streak stopped by the ability of Aryna Sabalenka Saturday within the Madrid ultimate,  has solely gained one main-draw match in Rome. And that was two years in the past.

Sabalenka has by no means gained a match in Rome. Neither has 2020 French Open champion Swiatek.

Naomi Osaka, who ought to by no means be counted out wherever, remains to be taking her child steps on clay. Whereas she’s improved in increments upon every journey to Rome, placing her at +1000 might be being aspirational.

Earlier Italian Open Winners and Finalists

Yr Champion Finalist
2020 [1] Simona Halep [2] Karolina Pliskova
2019 [4] Karolina Pliskova Johanna Konta
2018 [4] Elina Svitolina [1] Simona Halep
2017 [8] Elina Svitolina [6] Simona Halep
2016 [1] Serena Williams Madison Keys
2015 [3] Maria Sharapova [10] Carla Suárez Navarro
2014 [1] Serena Williams [10] Sara Errani
2013 [1] Serena Williams [3] Victoria Azarenka

First-Spherical Matches to Watch

[14] Elise Mertens (-190) vs. Veronika Kudermetova (+150)

Mertens had a leg situation after her marathon upset win over Halep in Madrid.  She gained only one recreation towards Sabalenka earlier than retiring.

However even wholesome, Kudermetova is a type participant on clay this spring, and a champion in Istanbul proper earlier than Madrid. Choose the Russian.

Cori Gauff (-230) vs. Yulia Putintseva (+180)

Gauff, nonetheless simply 17, has by no means gone previous the second spherical of any WTA pink clay occasion in her younger profession. And he or she’s searching for type.

Putintseva, a pint-sized annoyance (and we imply that in one of the best ways) will do every thing she will to not solely give Gauff rhythm, however be as disruptive as she will.

And clay is by far her greatest floor. She’s ranked only one spot forward of Gauff at No. 34. Search for the Kazakh to trigger disruption.

Greatest Wager: Simona Halep (+400)
Longer shot: Iga Swiatek (+800)

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