WTA French Open Picks: Best Plays For Day 5

Joao Mourato

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017 6:58 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selection for the WTA French Open Day 5. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/_eBvbcmaVb4", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Barbora Strycova (20) vs. Alize Cornet

After defeating Timea Babos in the opening round, Alize Cornet improved her record in Roland Garros since 2013 to 9 – 4. As we mentioned in our WTA French Open Day 3 analysis, Cornet is famous for playing her best tennis on this event. Taking a look now at Alize’s numbers in the previous match against Babos, the highlight clearly goes to her baseline consistency with the local player ending the match with 34 winners and only 23 unforced errors.

Barbora Strycova couldn’t ask for a better debut in Paris with an outstanding 6 – 3 6 – 0 victory over Alison Riske. Known as one of the trickiest players on the WTA Tour, Strycova is never an easy opponent. Besides not losing a single service game in the opening round, Barbora won 81.82% of the points played at the net. Despite her undeniable quality, Barbora’s career record in Roland Garros is far from impressive with the Czech winning only 28.57% of the matches on the main draw.

These two players know each other very well since this is already the 8th career meeting between them. Despite Cornet’s 5 – 2 lead on the h2h, Strycova emerged victorious from their last two matches.

This should be a very close affair between two high-quality players. Although we agree with Strycova’s favoritism, it’s hard to see Alize losing this match in straight sets. Adding to this, Cornet won at least one set in 92.31% of the matches played in Roland Garros since 2013. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Alize’s set handicap to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Alize Cornet +1.5 Set Handicap (-130)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Elina Svitolina (5) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

At the age of 22, Elina Svitolina is going through the best moment in her career. After winning the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome two weeks ago, Svitolina is now one of the main favorites to lift the trophy in Paris. Besides winning four titles already in 2017, Elina won 82.05% of the matches played this year. Looking now at Elina’s campaign in Roland Garros, the 5th seed reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 4 6 – 3 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova.

Playing in Roland Garros brings great memories to Tsvetana Pironkova. Even though Pironkova is far from a clay-court expert, the Bulgarian made it all the way into the quarterfinals on last year’s edition. Famous for her defensive skills and tricky game style, Pironkova is never an easy opponent to face. Despite losing all her previous three matches on the 2017 European clay-court season, Tsvetana started her journey in Paris with a brilliant 6 – 0 6 – 4 triumph against Mona Barthel.

Despite Svitolina’s outstanding results in recent months, it’s not easy to play on a Grand Slam as one of the main favorites. Adding to this, Elina’s career record on Grand Slam events is also far from brilliant with the Ukrainian winning only 57.14% of the matches on Majors. Due to the lack of value on Svitolina’s betting odds, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on the Over since we expect a closer affair than the odds suggest.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 17.5 (-125)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
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