She’s become something of a leading name in the women’s game, and Simona Halep is slowly starting to prove that she is one of the best players on the court currently. Although she only has the 2018 French Open title in her Grand Slam trophy cabinet, she’s a player who certainly shouldn’t be underestimated.

The 27-year-old Romanian has also reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2014 and the US Open in 2015, while also finishing as the runner-up in last year’s Australian Open. Halep has spent 64 weeks as the number one in the world, and as we approach events at SW19, the Romanian is priced at 14/1 in the Wimbledon women’s winner betting on Betfair. Let’s take a look and see how far she can go this year.

A struggling season

She’s currently the world number eight, but in fairness to Halep, she has played the fewest number of tournaments out of those in the top ten. Her form has been something of a worry though, with Halep only reaching the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open, although it was a defeat at the hands of Serena Williams, and in three sets.

She progressed a bit further in the French Open, reaching the quarter-finals, but was unable to successfully defend her title, losing out to unseeded American Amanda Anisimova in straight sets. Johanna Konta was asked just a few weeks ago if everyone in the women’s game was beatable, she replied “I think that’s been the growing mood for quite some time now.”

The fact is, although Halep might not be in the best form at the present time, none of her opponents are either, which provides an opportunity for her to claim her next Grand Slam title. If she is able to build upon her focus and improve her consistency, there’s no reason why she can’t turn her season around.

Wimbledon history

Halep may not have won the prestigious tournament previously, but she has produced some good results, including consecutive quarter-final appearances in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Halep lost to eventual runner-up Angelique Kerber in straight sets and then a year later, was defeated in three sets by home favourite Johanna Konta.

The 2014 semi-final has been her best record to date, in which she again lost out to eventual runner-up Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets. Halep’s route to the semi-final was reasonably straight forward, with world number 19 Sabine Lisicki the most likely to cause a problem. The German failed to take a set off Halep and it was down to Canadian Bouchard to stop Halep in her tracks.

This year

With Wimbledon just around the corner, Halep will be keen to get back to her dominating form. There’s no doubt that she will be there or thereabouts given the form all of the ladies have displayed so far this season. She’s more than capable of making it two out of four for Grand Slam titles, but she will need to hold her nerve and remain consistent throughout the tournament if she is to do so.

Her opponents will be in the same boat, in particular home favourite Johanna Konta, who has yet to break the semi-final barrier. It’s Halep’s to take, if she’s in the mood for it.

 

Published by Peter Garlow