Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selection for the WTA French Open Semifinals. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.
At the age of 19, Jelena Ostapenko became the youngest player to reach the semifinals in Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic back in 2007. Adding to this, Ostapenko may also be the first player since Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open to win their first career title at a Grand Slam. Taking a look now at Jelena’s campaign in Paris, the world no.47 reaches this stage of the competition after an outstanding comeback against the former world no.1 – Caroline Wozniacki.
As we predicted in our WTA French Open Quarterfinals Day 1 analysis, Kristina Mladenovic couldn’t find the answer to Timea Bacsinszky’s baseline consistency. With this victory, Timea improved her sensational record in Paris over the past three years to 14 – 2. Known as one of the best defenders in the game, Bacsinszky won 64.40% of her opponents’ service games throughout the tournament. After a disappointing defeat against Serena Williams at the 2015 French Open semifinals, Bacsinszky is trying to go a step further on this year’s edition.
Although this is their first official meeting, these two players know each other well. Besides their friendship off the court, they already played doubles together.
This is without any doubt the most important match on these two players’ career. Despite Ostapenko’s undeniable quality, it’s impossible to go against Bacsinszky on this tournament. Adding to this, Timea has the experience of playing already one Grand Slam semifinal while Ostapenko doesn’t know exactly what to expect. With this in mind, our suggestion is to take advantage of Timea’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Swiss to reach her first Grand Slam final.Free Tennis Pick: Timea Bacsinszky ML (-147)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Simona Halep (3) vs. Karolina Pliskova (2)
After a slow start to 2017, Simona Halep is definitely back to her best level. Playing on red dirt brings the best out of Halep with a phenomenal 90.48% winning record on the European clay-court season. Looking now at Simona’s campaign in Paris, the world no.4 reaches this stage of the competition after an incredible comeback against Elina Svitolina. Besides recovering from a set and a double break down, Halep also saved one match point on the 2nd set tie break.
The 2016 US Open runner-up – Karolina Pliskova – continues her successful run in Paris. Despite winning only 28.57% of the matches in Roland Garros before this year’s edition, the world no.3 is just one win away from reaching her 2nd Grand Slam final. Adding to this, Karolina can also secure the WTA ranking leadership in case of victory on this Thursday’s match. Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of the French Open after a 7 – 6 6 – 4 victory over the home favorite – Caroline Garcia.
This will be the 6th career meeting between these two players with Halep leading on the h2h by 4 – 1.
Despite Pliskova’s improvements in recent years, Halep is far from an easy match-up for the Czech. Known as one of the best counter punchers in the game, Simona’s game style creates many problems to Karolina’s weaker baseline movement. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Halep’s set handicap to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -1.5 Set Handicap (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle