It's USA versus the Czech Republic for the title of French Open champion. Will William Hill's Lee Phelps go with the favourite at short odds or find value elsewhere for his free betting pick.
It’s all about which woman is best on Day 13 of the French Open, once Novak Djokovic has beaten Andy Murray that is! Just before we look at Serena Williams versus Lucie Safarova, look at taking over 10.5 games in the fourth set of the men’s semifinal. I can see the set going to 7-5 or a tie break when they resume at 3-3. Anyway the women’s final takes center stage once that game is done. Williams is obviously the favourite at 1.33 tennis odds, but she has been scraping her way through most rounds.
Lucie Safarova vs. Serena Williams
If Serena Williams wins in Paris she moves on to 18 slams, just two behind Steffi Graf, but Safarova stands in her way.
Williams has lost only 4 of 23 Grand Slam finals and has won both of the previous Roland Garros finals she featured in in 2002 and 2013.
Despite the illness and carelessness that has dogged her at Roland Garros, Williams has played good opposition in Timea Bacsinszky, Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens moving on to 28 wins in 30 matches in 2015.
Safarova is in unchartered territory contrast, having never been past the fourth round previously at the French Open and this is her first ever slam final.
The head to head doesn’t hold much hope for her either, losing all 8 of her previous matches against Williams. That run includes two clay straight-sets losses at Charleston in 2012 and 2013.
Williams’s illness is the reason she is as big as she is in this final against a player outside the top ten, plus the fact she has dropped the first set four times this tournament already.
I think you can back the Czech player to take a set here, after all she has beaten Maria Sharapova, Sabine Lisicki, Garbine Muguruza and Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.
Let’s not forget that Safarova hasn’t dropped a set to any of those illustrious opponents either.
I’m trusting the form the Czech has shown all tournament and banking on Serena still feeling the effects of the illness that disrupted her on Thursday and backing both players to win a set at 2.75 (7/4) with my tennis picks at William Hill.
Tennis Pick: Both players to win a set 2.75 (7/4) William Hill.