Sharapova Has Slight Edge To Beat Halep in Finals

Published on June 5th, 2014 9:03 pm EST

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The women's side of the French Open has now been boiled down to just two players - Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. The two women will be squaring off this weekend in the finals of the French Open, and, as of right now, Sharapova has the slight edge to win.

Simona Halep is actually the higher ranked player (#4 compared to #8 for Sharapova), but Sharapova is seen as having the crucial experience advantage. Sharapova has 31 career titles and over $28 million in prize money under her belt, while Halep has seven career titles and a little less than $3.5 million in prize money. Sharapova has four Grand Slam titles under her belt, including a win in the 2012 French Open. Halep, on the other hand, has never won a Grand Slam title - as a matter of fact, this is the first ever finals of a Grand Slam event that Halep has ever taken part in. Prior to this year, Halep's best career finish in a Grand Slam event was a Quarterfinal appearance in the 2014 Australian Open.

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Here are the odds to win this weekend's contest:

Maria Sharapova, 1.57
Simona Halep, 2.38

So, according to these odds, a successful $100 wager on Sharapova would yield a total profit of $57, while a successful $100 bet on Halep would return a total profit of $138.

Maria Sharapova had a difficult time of things in the last two rounds, needing three sets to get past both Muguruza and Bouchard.

Simona Halep, on the other hand, has not dropped a set so far this tournament. In fact, the only slight hiccup for Halep came in the semi-finals when Andrea Petkovic took her to a second set tiebreaker.

Will fatigue play a part in the finals or will experience prove to be the deciding factor?

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