Free Picks: Top Plays of the Day For WTA French Open Day 2

João Mourato

Sunday, May 22, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Sunday, May. 22, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the WTA French Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 2 and why should you place these two valuable tennis bets. 

Roberta Vinci (7) vs Kateryna Bondarenko
Roberta Vinci surprised the world last year by defeating Serena Williams and reaching the US Open final yet, her follow appearance on a Grand Slam event was far from impressive, with the Italian losing in the Australian Open’s third round against Anna-Lena Friedsam. Despite being a very competitive player in any surface, Roberta prefers to compete on faster game conditions where her backhand slice is more effective. Vinci’s career numbers on this event support that, with the Italian winning only 6 out of 17 matches. The Italian is looking for a better performance this year after losing on the opening round in the previous two editions.

Kateryna Bondarenko returns to the main draw of the French Open after a three-year absence. Bondarenko is known for her extremely aggressive baseline game, always trying to hit the ball very flat and early however, that game style is not as effective on clay as it is on hard court due to the irregular bounces. The Ukrainian also struggles to perform at a consistent level and if we look at her previous 14 matches, 10 of those went to distance with a third set being required to find the winner.

This will be the fourth career contest between these two players with Vinci leading on h2h by 2 – 1 yet, their last encounter took place in 2009.

It should be a very interesting match with Bondarenko trying to overpower her opponent while Vinci will try to explore Kateryna’s weaker baseline movement with her tricky slice. Neither of the two should win this in straight sets and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your tennis picks since this match should only be decided on a third set.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 21.5 (-101)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Alize Cornet vs Kirsten Flipkens

Back in February, Alize Cornet said that she was suffering from a back pain and she could be out of competition for 6 month, but she returned to competition in the end of March. However, the French keeps struggling to find her best tennis, winning only 3 of the 10 matches she played – all of those three wins against players outside top 200. This is a very important event for Cornet, not only because she’s playing in her home country but also due to the 240 points that she has to defend due to her presence on the 4th round last year.

Kirsten Flipkens is far from a good clay courter and her last results show that, with the Belgian winning only 1 of the 4 matches she played on clay before this event. Flipkens’ game style is more effective on faster game conditions, where her serve, great volleying skills and backhand slice are quite effective. One good example of Kirsten’s ability to play well in fast courts is her run in Wimbledon 2013 – where the Belgian reached the semifinals.

These two players know each other well with seven previous matches between them. Cornet leads on h2h by 4 – 3 however, it was Flipkens who won their previous encounter on Hard Court last year by 2 – 6 6 – 1 6 – 2.

As it happened on their last three matches – where a third set was required to solve it – this match should go to distance. Cornet is the better player on clay but with the French struggling to find her best tennis, we can’t see how Alize can win this in two easy sets. Having said that our suggestion is for you to place a bet on the Over tennis odds as the best play for this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 21.5 (-120)
Best Line Offered: at bet365

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