Another enthralling day at Roland Garros is upon us. Check out the free tennis picks from William Hill's Lee Phelps for Day 5 of this event.
We’re sticking with a (semi) winning formula and looking at two women’s matches and one from the men’s French Open for Thursday’s play at Roland Garros.
Jack Sock vs Pablo Carreno-Busta
This is one of the bets of the tournament so far for me. Jack Sock at 1.44 (4/9) is a great play and a must for any double or accumulator you are having.
The 22 year old American has just dumped Grigor Dimitrov out in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, 6-3, is ranked 37 in the world and has a clay court win under his belt already this season lifting the Houston trophy.
His Spanish opponent is 61 in the world, has a losing 6-7 record on clay this season and although he can be a tricky opponent especially on clay, I think Sock has too much for him and should get it done in three or maybe four.
Recommended Tennis Picks: Jack Sock win 1.44 (4/9)
Petra Kvitova vs Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Let me show my hand here, before we look at this match. I liked Kvitova to get to the final of the women’s French Open and was a little concerned by her inconsistency in the first round. She is up against the world 97 Spaniard Solar-Espinosa.
She has only won two matches on clay this season, the latest being her first round victory over Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-3, who is ranked 95.
Kvitova produced 47 unforced errors in a three set struggle against Erakovic, showing very little sign of the tennis she delivered winning the Madrid clay title.
I have to expect she will improve as the tournament goes on and give her that opener as a loosener, but even a fan can’t trust her at 1.17 (1/6) tennis odds to win in straights and 1.06 (1/16) to win the match isn’t the kind of price I tip up on here.
Soler-Espinosa needs to find some of the form she has exhibited in previous seasons on clay, when she has managed winning records in two of the last three WTA Tours for my bet to have a chance and I need Kvitova to reach for her best form too, but at 6.6 (11/2) it’s worth a risk.
Recommended Tennis Picks: Petra Kvitova to win in three sets 6.6 (11/2)
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Francesca Schiavone vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
Schiavone did us a favour in our bet on her to go three sets with Wang as featured in my Day 3 article and I’m going back to the Italian for more.
As I said the 34-year-old Italian has dropped 11 places in the world rankings and is now 92 in the world, with a clay record this season of two win and four defeats. Three of the losses were against players ranked in the top 100, with one coming against a 182 ranked woman.
Russian Kuznetsova is the world number 18 and only has two losing clay records in her entire career, this time around she is 6-2, with wins against Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals in Madrid, and she lost to Kvitova in the final. She has also beaten Kiki Bertens (84) here at Roland Garros, Lucie Safarova (13), Sam Stosur (22), Garbine Muguruza (20), Ekaterina Makarova (9) and Julia Georges (72). As you can see from their rankings, they are all better than Schiavone.
The tennis pick here is simple for me and it’s the Russian in straight sets at 1.44 (4/9)
Recommended Tennis Picks: Svetlana Kuznetsova win in straight sets 1.44 (4/9)