Halep has won both her matches against Flipkens. She is on an amazing run of form. Having won the title last week I have been waiting for her to run out of energy but she keeps going. She may need adrenalin to get her through the final.
Flipkens won’t make it easy for her. She has served well this week and at times her serve has dug her out of a hole.
All stats for the last couple of weeks favour Halep. Before her win last week she had lost all 3 of her main tour finals. She seems to have found some confidence from somewhere.
Flipkens reached 5 finals in 2012 and won the most recent 3 of them. She will have the crowd behind her being from neighbouring Belgium although they’re not exactly in the same league as a French crowd.
My concern is that Halep finally runs short on energy but she is playing the more consistent tennis at the moment and it’s hers to lose today.
Two players have had amazing runs in Eastbourne this week. Vesnina ended one of those runs by walking all over a woeful Wickmayer yesterday. In the final she will try to do the same to American Jamie Hampton.
Hampton is becoming the queen of the come back and pulled off another yesterday to beat Wozniacki. Having choked away several set points in the opening set she found herself a set down and 2-4, *0:40 in the second. She never gives up and showed great mental strength to nick the win in the third.
Hampton has never been in a main tour final before. She has lost her last 2 ITF finals. She reached the 4th round of the French Open and the occasion clearly got to her. She will have learned from that but it does show that she can be affected by the big matches.
Vesnina won the title in Hobart this season but had lost her previous 8 finals. However she does have more experience of the big occasion and I think that could be her edge today.
Mahut looked the most likely to be broken in the early stages of his match with Malisse. That was until Malisse lost the plot when a couple of line calls went against him and Malisse doesn’t perform well when he’s complaining. To be fair Mahut served very well and didn’t allow Malisse back into the set. Malisse recovered his composure briefly but another line call set him off again.
Wawrinka controlled his match with Garcia Lopez and starts the final as a strong favourite. However he will not find Mahut so easy to break which in turn puts pressure on his own serve.
I think we will see Stan’s price higher than 1.37 and I will be laying below 1.30 . The “new” consistent, mentally strong Wawrinka should come through it in 2 tight sets.
The Simon v Lopez final is covered in the betting tips.