Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA French Open tournament analysis. Find out who the player to fade is as well as the most valuable players to keep an eye on this Grand Slam event.
The 2017 French Open gets underway this Sunday in Paris. As you might know, some of the best players in the world won’t compete on this year’s edition such as Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. For that reason, this is a perfect opportunity to look at some long-shot bets on the outright market.
At the age of 24, Kristina Mladenovic is going through the best moment in her career. Known as one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour, Mladenovic is finally living up to the expectations. After winning the Roland Garros Junior Championships back in 2009, Kristina is trying to become the first French player to win the French Open title since Mary Pierce in 2000. When looking at the four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar, Roland Garros is clearly the one where the crowd support is more important to the local players. Mladenovic is no exception with the world no.14 presenting a phenomenal 64.60% ROI throughout her career on this event.
Taking a look now at Kristina’s draw on this event, the former junior world no.1 won’t have an easy task with very dangerous players on her quarter such as the defending champion – Garbine Muguruza. Despite the tough draw ahead of her, Mladenovic is playing at a phenomenal level in recent months and with the strong support from the crowd, she’s definitely a player to keep an eye on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a small stake on Kristina’s tennis odds to win Roland Garros at +1400 at BetVictor.
Player to Fade
Angelique Kerber’s troubled season continues with the world no.1 winning only 61.29% of the matches played in 2017. Adding to this, clay is far from Angelique’s favorite surface with the German arriving in Paris after a shocking 4 – 6 0 – 6 defeat at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia opening round against Anett Kontaveit.
Angelique makes her debut in Roland Garros this Sunday against the former world no.8 – Ekaterina Makarova. Despite Kerber’s 7 – 4 lead on the h2h against the Russian, Makarova is never an easy opponent. Besides Ekaterina, Kerber might also face very dangerous opponents in the first rounds in Paris such as Lesia Tsurenko, Roberta Vinci or Samantha Stosur. Having said that, our suggestion is not only to avoid placing any bet on Kerber’s outright at +2000 at Bet365 but also to fade the world no.1 throughout the tournament.
Player to Keep an Eye
Despite her age, Venus Williams is still one of the best players on the WTA Tour with the 36-years-old American currently ranked as the world no.11. Due to her tremendous experience, Venus is always an extremely dangerous player on Majors. Williams’ campaign in Melbourne earlier this season is a perfect example of that with the seven-time Grand Slam champion losing only in the final against Serena.
Looking now at Venus’ draw in Paris, the former world no.1 is on the same half of the draw as Kristina Mladenovic and the two might face in the quarterfinals. Even though clay is not Williams’ favorite surface, the American is still a fearful opponent on red dirt.
With some of the best players in the world unable to compete in Paris, there is clear value on Williams’ odds to lift the trophy. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to add Venus’ outright to your betting picks with a small stake at +4413 at Pinnacle.