Re: Simona Halep (România)
It would actually be pretty stupid for a claycourt specialist to not play all the 3 big events on the dirt. Then rather ditch the pseudo clay in Madrid, if you would have to choose.
I also think a longer break in front of the French Open would do her more harm than good. She also doesn't possess the luxury to just plan her schedule in view of the slams. Let's not overdo it.
Just have a look at the younger up and coming players on the WTA tour. There are quite a lot of them establishing themselves in the Top 100 now, but really only a few will be able to trouble Simona on clay in the next couple of years as far as I can see.