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Published: 20/04/2015

Simona Halep is the current favourite to take home the 2015 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after what has been a successful start to her playing year. The Romanian has already picked up the Dubai Duty Free Championships and the Indian Wells Masters after her debut success in China`s Shenzhen Open. She also reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, before being knocked out by Serena Williams in the Miami Masters on her last appearance.

Halep will be looking forward to improving on her finish in last year`s renewal, her debut appearance in the tournament. The 23-year-old was knocked out in the second round of the competition, her first match after receiving a bye into this stage as the tournament`s second seed. She was defeated by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in this second stage and will be looking to go a whole lot better this time around.

Once again the tournament`s second seed, she will once again receive a bye into the second round where she will face the victor of the first round match between the Czech Republic Barbora Strycova and Spain`s Garbine Muguruza. That opening encounter is slated to take place tomorrow.

Betvictor have the best price of 7/2 on Halep running out the 2015 Stuttgart Open champion.

It will not be an easy ride for the Romanian as Maria Sharapova, the winner of the last three renewals of this tournament, is also in the draw. Winning a fourth consecutive title would see the Russian join the likes of Tracy Austin and Martina Hingis on four title wins. She would then be just one off Martina Navratilova who took this tournament six times between 1982 and 1992.

The world number two will be coming into this competition off the back of both a surprising and disappointing defeat in the second round of the Miami Masters. The 27-year-old lost to 97 rank Daria Gavrilova in straight sets (7-6, 6-3).

She did, however, reach the final of the Australian Open before losing out to Serena Williams. This followed her title triumph in the Brisbane Open competition, seeing off Ana Ivanovic of Serbia despite losing the first set (6-7, 6-3, 6-3). Ivanovic was last year`s losing finalist and will hope to go one better this time around at odds of 14/1 at Betvictor.

Sharapova may well have to overcome a potential banana skin in her first tie of the competition, Angelique Kerber a possible second round opponent. She can be backed at both 888sport and unibet at the best price of 15/4 to take home the title.

The final player with single figure odds is Czech player Petra Kvitova. Like the competition favourite, Kvitova will also be looking to get her hands on the tournament trophy for the first time. Indeed she has never reached a Stuttgart final. The 25-year-old`s best tournament finish came in 2013 when she reached the semi-finals, just losing out to number two seed Sharapova in straight sets (6-4, 7-6). Last year, she was subject to a disappointing defeat in the competition`s second round, falling at the first hurdle when the third seed against Alisa Kleybanova (6-2, 7-6).

Her win in the Sydney Open has been her only highlight of the year and she will hope to build on this in Germany. Like Sharapova, she will have to overcome a potentially tricky possible first opponent in Madison Brengle of America. Bwin have the best price on a Kvitova tournament victory, this being 9/1.

The best of the rest could be former winner of this competition in 2008, Jelena Jankovic. The Serb can be picked up at the best price of 28/1 at a host of bookmakers.

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