The best players on the world start fighting for Paris glory this Sunday. Join us on our WTA French Open analysis and find out our highest value tennis bets for this competition.
Top Half of the Draw
After winning the first title of the season in Rome, Serena Williams reaches this event fully motivated to grab her fourth career trophy in Paris. The American should overcome easily the first rounds against Magdalena Rybarikova, Teliana Pereira and Timea Babos. On the 4th round Serena might face the 2008 French Open champion, Ana Ivanovic, but the Serbian is far from her best level and is highly unlikely to see Ivanovic surprising the world no.1. Things will only get tougher in the quarterfinals where Serena might face Victoria Azarenka. The Belarussian is without doubts a very tough match-up for Williams due to her unbelievable counter punching skills yet, a back injury has bothered Azarenka lately and for that reason, is hard to trust on the former world no.1 to present her best tennis on this event. A rematch from this year’s Australian Open final might take place in the semifinals, with Serena facing Angelique Kerber. Kerber surprised the American in Melbourne but this time, Williams should be too strong for her opponent with Kerber’s counter punching not being as effective on clay as they are on other surfaces. Serena’s tennis odds to win the title present good value at +225 on bet365 and we believe that the American will defend her title with success.
Besides Azarenka and Kerber, Madison Keys is also on the top half of the draw and she can never be underestimated. Keys played at a superb level in Rome, losing only at the final against Serena. The toughest players on Madison’s quarter are – Kerber, Konta, Gavrilova and Kasatkina. It won’t be easy for the American but when looking at her odds to win her quarter, +650 on bet365 is just too good.
Bottom Half of the Draw
The 2014 French Open runner-up, Simona Halep, is the main favorite on bottom half of the draw. Halep made a good preparation to this event with the highlight going for her campaign in Madrid, where she won the title. Simona has a good draw to reach the semifinals, the highest ranked player on her quarter is Agnieszka Radwanska yet, the Polish is far from a good clay courter. There are also some dangerous players on her quarter such as Sloane Stephens, Barbora Strycova or the 2015 runner-up, Lucie Safarova; however, neither of them should be able to defeat the Romanian and here seems to be good value on Halep’s tennis odds to win the 4th quarter at +225 on bet365.
Looking now to the third quarter of this event, we can see that the main favorites are all powerful players – Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova. However, our player to keep an eye on this quarter is the 2009 French Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian is one of the best clay courters on tour, with her defensive skills and top spin forehand as her main weapons. Svetlana reaches this event after a good campaign in Rome where she only lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova has a phenomenal 46 – 12 career record on this event and after her disappointing 2nd round loss earlier this year at the Australian Open, we expect the Russian to play this event at a very high level. With this in mind, we believe that a good way to take advantage of Kuznetsova’s odds is by adding her price to win the 3rd quarter – at +1200 on bet365 – to your tennis picks.