French Open Day 1: Can Venus Pull Off The Upset Against Svitolina?

Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:39 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 25, 2019 5:39 PM UTC

The action gets underway this Sunday in Paris with Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina fighting for a place in the second round of the French Open.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Venus Williams vs. Elina Svitolina (9)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sunday, May 26, Paris</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free Tennis Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/wta-tennis/venus-williams-vs-elina-svitolina-3805208/odds/" target="_blank" title="Check Venus - Svitolina Betting Odds">Elina Svitolina</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4550&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3805208, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,999996,999991], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Venus Williams will make a record 22nd appearance at Roland Garros. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest player in the field, at 38 years of age, but has yet to win the title in Paris. The American’s best French Open performance was in 2002, when she lost to her sister Serena in the final. Besides this, Venus reached the quarter-finals in four other occasions but failed to make it past the first round last year. Williams only played one clay-court event this year in Rome where she beat Elise Mertens before losing to Johanna Konta in straight sets.</p><p>Venus will open her French Open campaign on Sunday against Elina Svitolina at the court Simonne-Mathieu. The No.9 seed has struggled for form in recent times and lost her previous two matches this season on red dirt. Nevertheless, returning to Paris brings back many happy memories to Svitolina. The 24-year-old is a two-time quarter-finalist in Roland Garros and won 92.86% of the matches on this event when <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">priced below even money</a>.</p><p>These two players will face each other for the third time in their careers. Venus won their first official encounter at the 2015 Internazionali BNL d’Italia while Svitolina got her revenge two years later in Canada.</p><p>Looking now at the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/tennis-betting/" target="_blank" title="Discuss this and other games at SBR's Betting Forum">odds for this contest</a>, Svitolina is the favorite at -200 with Pinnacle while <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4545&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Intertops Today!">Intertops</a> offers +175 for the American to win this match. Elina is one of the greatest competitors on the WTA Tour and it will be very difficult for Venus to overcome such a great defender as the Ukrainian on this surface. On the other hand, Svitolina has proven to be an outstanding investment as favorite in Roland Garros, losing only one out of 14 matches throughout her career on this price range. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Svitolina to your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="More Sports Predictions &amp; Free Picks">betting picks</a> as the best value bet for this first-round match.</p>
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