Unlike the men’s singles competition where Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite, the French Open women’s singles could not be much more wide open.
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Despite her poor record at Roland Garros, just a few weeks ago, the world number one Victoria Azarenka (5/2 Tournament Outright) was the clear favourite to take the French Open crown following multiples victories on the WTA Tour, but the Belarusian suffered a crushing defeat to Serena Williams (5/2) in Madrid recently and the betting market for this year’s womens singles is now seemingly full of value, especially with Williams reportedly nursing and preserving an on-going injury.
One of those players standing out in the French Open betting is Maria Sharapova (7/1), who despite not liking clay-court tennis, is a two-time semi-finalist of the French Open. Sharapova has been in the doldrums over the last couple of years due to injury but she is seemingly back to her best of late and recent back-to-back titles on clay over Azarenka and Li Na (8/1) – last year’s champion, suggests that Maria Sharapova is primed to continue her near-perfect clay-court season.
The unexpected success of Francesca Schiavone (100/1) at Roland Garros in 2010 sends reminders that the French Open Women’s Singles isn’t between the front runners. There are a number of lower ranked women appearing in this year’s tournament seemingly in great form including Sara Errani and Kaia Kanepi (100/1), so take note of those further down the betting market as there are a handful of runners coming into this year’s tournament with decent clay-court season’s behind them.
French Open Betting Tips – Women’s Singles
Maria Sharapova 7/1
Maria Sharapova’s odds have shortened somewhat following impressive victories in Stuttgart and Rome. She goes on the record as saying clay-court tennis is her least preferred surface but she has semi-final experience of Roland Garros in the past and more importantly, is playing well right now. It remains to be seen if her clay-court season exertions take their toll but given the odds on offer Sharapova looks a value bet to land this year’s French Open.
Agnieszka Radwanska 18/1
Odds wise, Radwanska is slightly on the short side because let’s face it, she has a pretty poor record in the French Open (poor record on clay in general) and recent early round departures in tournaments isn’t ideal preparation either, however, along with the bad moments she has some spectacular ones and she is a tennis player with immense talent, who could easily repel the challenge of those around her and claim her maiden Grand Slam victory.