Tennis Betting: French Open Tips & Picks for Day 8 Action

Lee Phelps

Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:39 PM GMT

The second week means the business end of the French Open and William Hill's Lee Phelps has picked out three bets to get you off to a winning start, so check out his free tennis picks. 

We're getting to the serious part of the second slam of the season. Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic are on a collision course for a last four clash and both are back in action on Sunday.

 

Maria Sharapova vs. Luci Safarova
Sharapova faces Lucie Safarova, with neither woman dropping a set so far. Sharapova usually has the edge when they meet, leading 4-1 on the head to head, but closer inspection will show very close matches between the pair.

A great example of that, handily enough, was on clay last year in Stuttgart when all three sets went to tie-breaks.

I’ve been with Sharapova to lift the title from the get-go and while I can see her being tested and dropping a set, I have to stay with her. If you’re not as big a fan as me, take the three sets in the match bet at 2.5 (6/4) tennis odds.

Tennis pick: Sharapova win 2-1 3.9 (29/10)

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Ana Ivanovic vs. Ekaterina Makarova
Seventh seed Ivanovic hasn’t had the easiest time of it in Paris, despite the bare results displaying a different story. Her performance level does seem to be improving as the rounds go by and she will have to step it up again against Makarova. Their head to head shows a win apiece in Grand Slams.

The first two rounds show Ivanovic losing the opening set, but winning in the end. For that to happen this time you can get a nice price of 5.8 (24/5) which is very tempting. I think I’ll go safe with the three sets bet at 1.8 (5/4) for one of my tennis picks but if you fancy a risky bet, that one looks good.

Tennis pick: Three sets in the match 1.8 (5/4)

 

Kei Nishikori vs. Teimuraz Gabashvili
My pick for the final is up against a banana skin here in Gabashvili. He is the breakout player of the tournament and is yet to be broken in his three matches against Juan Monaco, Lukas Rosol and Feliciano Lopez so far.

Mental strength has been the major negative for the Georgian in the past, blowing up and crumbling to nothing and Nishikori’s game has the capacity to grind you down mentally.

He has built his confidence from a superb run on the Challenger circuit including winning back-to-back titles in the run up to the French Open.

I see the higher ranked player slowing Gabashvili down here, with clever defensive play neutralising those power shots. They met in Barcelona on clay and Nishikori won 6-3, 6-4.

I’m sticking with my man, but I could see him dropping a set if Gaba is still at his best.

Tennis pick: Nishikori in three sets 3.75 (11/4)