Free Tennis Picks: Top Plays of the Day For WTA French Open Day 4

João Mourato

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 24, 2016 4:00 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the WTA French Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 4 and why should you place these two valuable tennis bets.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (13) vs. Heather Watson
We picked Svetlana Kuznetsova as the player to keep an eye on this event and the Russian showed all her determination on her first round match, recovering from a set down against Yaroslava Shvedova. Kuznetsova is one of the best defenders on tour and her defensive skills were just too much for Shvedova to handle, ending the match with 21 winners / 18 unforced errors and winning 53.13% of the points when Yaroslava was at the net, which is quite impressive against a very good doubles play as Shvedova.

Heather Watson is for the fifth time on her career in the 2nd round of this event yet, she’s still looking for her first appearance on the following round. Even though clay is not Heather’s favorite surface, she can still be a very competitive player. Watson also had to recover from a set down on her first round match against Nicole Gibbs, defeating her opponent by 5 – 7 6 – 2 6 – 2. Watson played very aggressive from the baseline with 46 winners / 35 unforced errors while Gibbs only got 14 winners / 34 unforced errors.

These two players will face each other for the first time on their careers and it should be a very interesting match. Both are great baseline players however, not only is Kuznetsova the more consistent but she’s also the better player on clay. Svetlana’s higher experience on Grand Slam events might also be decisive on this match and for that reason, our suggestions is for you to add Kuznetsova’s spread to your tennis picks.

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Free Tennis Pick: Svetlana Kuznetsova -4 (-102)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Caroline Garcia vs Agnieszka Radwanska (2)
As we mentioned in our tournament preview, Agnieszka Radwanska is far from a good clay courter and her career record in Roland Garros proves it, with the Polish winning only 67.86% of the matches she played in Paris while her winning record in the other three Grand Slams is 75.00%. After a disappointing first round loss last year against Annika Beck, Radwanska experienced no problems on her first round match against Bojana Jovanoski, dismissing the Serbian by 6 – 0 6 – 2.

Caroline Garcia reached this event after a very good performance in Strasbourg, where she won her second career title. Garcia is a very dangerous player with a tremendous first serve and powerful groundstrokes, especially her forehand. It was far from an easy match for Garcia against a great defender as Lesia Tsurenko; however, the French was too strong from the baseline, winning the match by 6 – 3 7 – 5. This is Garcia’s third career appearance on this event’s second round, with the French losing the previous two she played against Maria Sharapova in 2011 and Serena Williams in 2013.

This will be the 4th career meeting between these two players, with Radwanska leading on h2h by 2 – 1.

The main reason for Agnieszka’s lack of success on clay is her inability to generate pace with her groundstrokes. On other surfaces the Polish uses her counter punching skills to hit the ball very early but due to the irregular bounces, is very hard to her to play that kind of game on clay. Radwanska always experienced problems against hard hitters and the h2h against Garcia is a good example of that, with all their previous encounters going to distance. Having said that, we believe that this match will be much closer than the tennis odds suggest and for that reason, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on the Over as the best play for this contest.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 20.5 (-125)
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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