French Open Tennis Picks: Sleepers on the Women's Bracket

Lee Phelps

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:32 PM GMT

Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 10:32 PM GMT

There are plenty of sleepers with chances at Roland Garros this time, with more than one double figure price worth looking at. William Hill's Lee Phelps picks out four outsiders for his free betting picks.

The Women’s French Open is one tournament where you can get a good run for your money on a long shot, I’m looking at few in the betting who could make a run to the final and maybe even the title.

It’s worth noting however, that Serena Williams (+250 favorite on the French Open odds board) and Maria Sharapova have shared this title for the last three years, so it may be worth backing an outsider to reach the final, not win it.

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Petra Kvitova
"You need to be physically ready, and you need to be patient, and I'm going to work on that." That was Kvitova after losing her first match on clay this season.

Seven days of practice later and she was physically ready and she showed plenty of patience in Madrid. In fact by the time she got to the semi-finals she looked unstoppable, inflicting Serena’s first defeat of the season 6-2, 6-3, before easily beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final 6-1, 6-2.

The Czech feels the conditions in Madrid are similar to those in Paris too: "Paris has really good courts for me, and good tennis balls that still fly like they do in Madrid," she said. "It's not as high altitude as Madrid, but I like the conditions there and I will try my best of course."

The only other time she won in Madrid, back in 2011, she lost to eventual champion Li Na in the fourth round, having been up 3-0 in the third before the Chinese player came back with six games in a row.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro
The Spaniard has been the breakout player of 2015 so far, with final appearances in Rome, Miami and Antwerp, and nine top-10 wins in the past five months.

She goes into the French Open with a career-high top-eight seeding at Roland Garros. You have to wonder how fresh she is. Look at her matches and you will see plenty of three-setters this season and, having also played doubles regularly with Garbine Muguruza, she might not have the legs to take her across the finish line.

 

Caroline Wozniacki
The Woz has made the final of the Stuttgart Open, losing to Angelique Kerber in three sets before making the quarterfinal of the Madrid Open (a three set loss to Sharapova). She is in good form on the surface having enlisted the help of a specialist.

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario has been helping her prepare for the French by working with the Dane throughout the build-up tournaments.

"We've been working on more about the mentality going into the game and going onto the surface. You have to hit more balls into the court, you have to run more balls down and change up the pace, and that's really it. My game really should fit with clay, but I haven't had the results I've wanted." said Wozniacki.

I hope that I can just play well and get some good matches in the next tournaments," Wozniacki said. "Obviously the French Open is just right around the corner, so that's probably the biggest goal for me, but until then we have some tough competition here in Stuttgart - hopefully I can do well here.

Expect Wozniacki to turn some heads at Roland Garros. Her game centres on the defensive aspect of tennis. Her anticipation, movement, footwork and agility should work well on the slower surfaces of the clay court.

 

Angelique Kerber
Kerber is having an excellent season on clay. She won two clay court titles in April, including dethroning three-time defending champion Sharapova in the Round of 16 at Stuttgart.

She has had her fair share of troubles too, making early exits in the first and second rounds of the Madrid and Italian Open, respectively, during her build up to the slam.

 

Tennis Picks
I have to go with Kvitova with my tennis picks here. She is ranked four in the world and is having her best clay season since 2011 and knows how to go deep into slams having won Wimbledon twice and has a smattering of semi and quarter-final appearances. I’d pick her to get to the final by going each way on her price of 12.0 (11/1) on the tennis odds.

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