An improving McHale will make a match of it but I favour Begu for the win
Due to start at 2 pm.
McHale 2.92, Begu 1.50
Begu leads their previous matches 2-1. They last met in February this year on a hard court in Acapulco. Begu won in 3 sets. She won their only clay match in 2016 in Madrid. She won in 3 sets.
Overall 12 month results favour Begu. Her clay results are also stronger. She has won 13 of 22 matches in 2018 and won 4 of 5 on clay. She had a straight sets win over Jakupovic in the last round. She reached the semi finals of this tournament.
Mchale has improved her game in the last couple of weeks and is a very capable clay player when in form. She has won 6 of 16 matches this season. She was broken 7 times against Barthel in the last round.
I favour Begu to win but expect 3 sets. Back Begu above 1.85.
Update: Begu was broken first in both sets. She won 6-4, 6-4.