The Fed Cup gets underway this Saturday, with eight teams fighting for the trophy. Join us while we analyze the highest value tennis picks for the World Group 1st round.
For the second consecutive year, France and Italy will play on Fed Cup World Group 1st round, after last year’s French victory by 3 – 2. Last season, the tie was played on Clay Indoor at Genoa but this season it will take place in French soil.
France – Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia should play the singles and also the doubles match. The two players have similar game style, with their powerful serve and forehand as their biggest weapons. They also play doubles together on tour, which is a great advantage for the Fed Cup.
Italy – Sara Errani, Camila Giorgi and Francesca Schiavone are the three main players on this team. Errani and Giorgi should play the singles matches while Schiavone and Errani might team up for the doubles contest.
Kristina Mladenovic vs. Camila Giorgi – It should be a very interesting contest between two powerful players. Giorgi can generate more pace with her groundstrokes but she’s also more erratic. On the other hand, Mladenovic has a better serve and her offensive game style suits this fast conditions. It will be the first contest between them and Mladenovic should emerge victorious, with her better serve and great skills at the net being decisive for her success.
Caroline Garcia vs. Sara Errani – It’s never easy to face such a tough competitor as Errani, however the Italian’s defensive skills aren’t so effective on faster courts. On the other hand, Garcia’s powerful serve and super aggressive groundstrokes suit this game conditions. The French also leads 3 – 2 on h2h against Errani and her firepower might be too much for Sara to handle.
Kristina Mladenovic vs. Sara Errani – Similar match-up from the match between Garcia and Errani, where Mladenovic will try to overpower her opponent with her groundstrokes. Kristina can perform at a more consistent level than Garcia and for that reason she should get the win on this match. Mladenovic also has a positive h2h against Errani, leading by 2 – 1 with all three matches played last year.
Caroline Garcia vs. Camila Giorgi – This is perhaps the toughest contest to predict and the h2h supports that, with one victory for each player and both matches decided on a third set. However, this match might even not be required if the French team wins the previous three ties. If they play, we should have a very close contest with Garcia probably priced as slight favorite.
Doubles – As we mentioned, Garcia and Mladenovic should team up against Errani and Schiavone. Despite their larger experience, Errani and Schiavone will only play their second match as a team on Fed Cup, while Garcia and Mladenovic use to play together, not only on Fed Cup, but also on WTA Tour. As we also referred, the fast conditions suit the French players’ game style and they should win the doubles match.
Having said that, we suggest adding the French team to win this tie to your tennis picks. Taking in consideration that the conditions are much better for the French team, they play at home and should be favorite in all five matches, we believe there is a good investment opportunity at -200 tennis odds on Pinnacle.