This will be their first meeting.
Both players have won 9 of their last 10. Ostapenko’s stats on clay are stronger. this year. She has done exceptionally well to get this far. Her serve has come under a lot of pressure in this tournament. She did not
cope well with the wind in the quarter final with Wozniacki but once the wind dropped she was able to play her own game.
Halep had a real scare against Svitolina in the quarter final. She was a set and 2-5 down before Svitolina began one of the chokes of the tournament. Halep reached the final in 2014 losing to Sharapova in 3 tight sets. She is perhaps more able to deal with the occasion.
If this was an ordinary tournament I would give Ostapenko a real shot at this. As she is playing her first Grand Slam final it has to change things for her mentally. If Osta can keep her head she can be competitive. Value is on her at the start.
Back Halep if she gets broken or loses set 1