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Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Can Pliskova defend Italian Open title?

  • Simone Halep takes on Karolina Pliskova in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia final
  • Pliskova is the defending champion in Rome
  • Top seed Halep is on a 13-game winning streak
  • Halep holds a 7-4 head to head advantage from 11 previous matches
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Karolina Pliskova has won the last 2 matches against Simona Halep (Getty Images)

Former world number ones Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova will battle it out for the Italian Open title on Monday in Rome. Pliskova is the defending champions at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, but can she end top seed Halep's 13-game winning streak.

Simona Halep Stats


Nationality: Romania
Age: 28 (27 September 1991)
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 2
Career High: 1 (October 2017)
Career Singles Titles: 21
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 (2018 French Open, 2019 Wimbledon)
2020 Titles: 2

Simona Halep Form


Simona Halep started the year with a quarter-final exit at the Adelaide International and semi-final defeat to Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open.

The Romanian bounced back by winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, taking out Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Jennifer Brady and Elena Rybakina.

Halep won the Prague Open title on her return to action, getting past Polona Hercog, Barbora Krejčíková, Magdalena Fręch and Irina-Camelia Begu before defeating Elise Mertens 6-2 7-5 in the final.

In Rome, Halep recorded comfortable straight sets wins over Jasmine Paolini and Dayana Yastremska. Yulia Putintseva retired in the quarter-final to send Halep through to face Muguruza, who she defeated 6-3 4-6 6-4 on Sunday.

Karolina Pliskova Stats


Nationality: Czech Republic
Age: 28 (21 March 1992)
Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 4
Career High: 1 (July 2017)
Career Singles Titles: 16
2020 Titles: 1

Karolina Pliskova Form


Karolina Pliskova started the year in winning fashion by lifting the Brisbane Internatinal title. She Ajla Tomljanovic, Alison Riske and Naomi Osaka along the way before getting the better on Madison Keys in the final. 

Pliskova lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the Australian Open before exiting the Dubai Duty Free Championships at the quarter-final stage to Elena Rybakina and the Qatar Open after a third round defeat to Ons Jabeur.

Pliskova lost her first match back in action against Veronika Kudermetova at the Western & Southern Open, and was dumped out of the US Open in the second round by Caroline Garcia.

Like Halep, Pliskova has dropped one set in her run to the Italian Open final. She beat Barbora Strycova and Anna Blinkova in straight sets but needed three to get past Elise Mertens. It was a straight forward semi-final win over compatriot Marketa Vondrousova as Pliskova won 6-2 6-4.

Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova Head to Head


Halep leads the head to head 7-4 from 11 previous meetings. However, Pliskova has won the last two in Miami and at last year's WTA Finals in Shenzhen. On clay, it is 1-1.

Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova Odds


Halep is 1.44 favourite to overcome Pliskova, who is 2.75 to win through to the final.

Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova Stats


  • Simona Halep is 19-2 for 2020.
  • Simona Halep is on a 13-game winning run.
  • Karolina Pliskova is 13-5 for 2020.
  • Simona Halep leads the head-to-head 7-4 over Karolina Pliskova.
  • Karolina Pliskova has won the last 2 matches against Simona Halep.

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Where is Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova being played?

Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova will be played at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

When is Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova being played?

Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova will be played at 13.30 BST on Monday 21 September 2020.

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Verdict

A blockbuster final is in store. Halep has got the better of Pliskova in the past, but the Czech has won the last two. This could go either way, with a three-set likely. Take Pliskova with the start.

Best Bet: Pliskova +3.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Total Sets: 3 sets Total Sets @+162 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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