Women's French Open Tennis Picks for Day 9 Quarterfinals Matchups

Nikki Adams

Monday, June 1, 2015 6:49 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 1, 2015 6:49 PM UTC

The French Open moves into the quarterfinal and on the docket we have some standout matchups: Ivanovic vs. Svitolina and Muguruza vs. Safarova, marking Day 9 of the tournament on Tuesday. Join us as we serve up our choice tennis picks.

Ivanovic -225 vs. Svitolina +175
The 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is enjoying a standout run in Paris, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since her memorable run eight years ago when she was crowned queen of Roland Garros. Until the 2015 French Open, the best she accomplished was a R16 appearance twice (2009 and 2013).

Fortunately, for Ivanovic she appears to have a favourable matchup against Elina Svitolina. She's dominated the Ukrainian in six previous meetings and takes a comfortable 6-0 edge as a result into the quarterfinals, underscored by favourable -225 tennis odds to win outright and advance into the semis. She also has the benefit of experience and maturity over the talented 20-year-old who reaches her first grand slam quarterfinal. Another edge Ivanovic has is a recent win over Svitolina in Madrid, a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win in the R32.

That said, Ivanovic will be feeling the pressure of expectations. She won this event once when she was but 19 years of age. Immediately afterwards her career spiralled out of control as she struggled to come to terms with her newfound fame and fortune. It's been a long road back into the game's top ten and to the forefront of Grand Slam betting.

She's going to want to prolong her stay in Paris, but sometimes playing against an opponent you know you are supposed to beat is the toughest thing to do. Svitolina might swing freely if she plays like she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. She could come into this big match with more balls than most would expect. It remains to be seen whether the young gun can handle the big occasion. Not only is it the biggest occasion in which this pair meets but the biggest occasion of her young career. Her best to date was a third round appearance at the Aussie Open.

On paper, Ivanovic is the smart pick to win outright at -225. She has the edge in head-to-head, the experience and history at the French Open. What's more she's popular wherever she goes and the crowd is sure to be behind her. Svitolina, matched at +175 to win outright, is a bit more of a long shot than the tennis odds would suggest. She benefits from a section of the draw that has seen some upsets. She upset French favourite Alize Cornet in straight sets in the R16 to book her spot in the quarterfinals, something that might not go down with the unforgiving French crowd too well. Not that they would boo her (as they did Murray when he came out for his R16 clash with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy), surely, but it might tip them even more towards the Serbian starlet.

Tennis Picks: Ivanovic -225 at BetOnline

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Muguruza vs. Safarova
Garbine Muguruza reaches a second straight quarterfinal at the French Open. Last year, she beat Serena Williams in the second round en route to a final eight finish, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets. Thanks to Lucie Safarova the highly anticipated rematch between the defending champion Sharapova and Muguruza is no longer on the cards for Tuesday's round of quarterfinals. The Czech starlet and our dark horse tennis pick at +2000 tennis odds to win this section pulled off the upset in the R16 on Monday, in a rescheduled R16 clash following the downpour on Sunday. Safarova upset Sharapova in straight sets, a win that underscored her sublime form this season and encouraging performance in the lead up to this tournament.

Predictably, this clash is set on a very tight tennis betting line with Muguruza at -125 only just edging Safarova at +100 on the French Open odds board. Indeed there is value on both sides of the coin because it's a tossup.

Both girls play exceptionally well on the red stuff and come into this tournament boasting similar form. It's interesting to note, however, that Safarova has the ranking edge over Muguruza; she's ranked 13th in the world and slated to crack the Top 10 next Monday so long as Svitolina doesn't reach the final. Muguruza is the No.20 player in the world. It's also worth noting, this is the first-ever meeting between the lefty from the Czech Republic and the statuesque Spaniard.  There's no way to predict with absolute certainty which lass is the best  tennis pick but if we're to put down money on one of these then it's going to be Safarova. Experience is going to count as well as maturity. Safarova was a semi-finalist last year at Wimbledon and that could be valuable against Muguruza, who;s never gone deeper than the quarters of a grand slam. That said we can't deny Muguruza is a tempting young gun to back and wouldn't be surprised if she did reach a milestone in her career this week in Paris.

Tennis Picks: Safarova -225

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