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French Open Betting Preview – Women’s Singles
Written by: Rick D’Andrea
The best part about sport is the unpredictable nature of the beast. Anything can happen on any given day, meaning that an underdog can be claimed victorious over a more-fancied opponent. And there is no better analogy to describe the 2013 Women’s French Open battle.
With so many possible contenders vying for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, it makes for a fascinating and intriguing battle. The Men’s title seems to be narrowed down to three or four players, whilst the Women’s title sees a raft of contenders, as has been noted with the eight different Grand Slam winners since 2010.
Reigning Champion Maria Sharapova will be keen to add a fifth Grand Slam to her collection after missing out in Australia in late January, having played rather impressively. The Russian is also in great form, with 23 victories already this year, with her aim to topple Serena Williams at the top of the WTA Rankings.
Williams herself has found Roland Garros tough going over the years. Tasting success only once back in 2002, it has been a long time since the American 15-time Grand Slam winner has held a trophy aloft in Paris. Her groundstrokes are as impressive as her serve and her game seems to be a clear-cut above the rest of her competitors, but will sheer power overcome the delicate finesse required on the clay court? Having beaten Jelena Jankovic in the Final in Charleston – a green clay court surface – at the start of April has given the 31-year-old a big boost ahead of her French campaign, and she is targeting to defend her crown at Madrid prior to the French Open.
Victoria Azarenka may have won the last Grand Slam in January, but the feisty Belarusian isn’t known for her exploits on the red surface. The 23-year-old has climbed into the top three in the World based on what she has done on hard courts, and being out of action since Indian Wells has hindered her preparation. Only returning in Madrid may not provide enough match fitness to compete and win such a prestigious title.
2011 champion in Li Na has claimed her one and only Major in France. Even though she was tipped to win in Australia in that year, the Chinese Awoman grabbed the one at Roland Garros. Having finished runner-up to Azarenka at the Australian Open in January, Na also claimed second place in Stuttgart, an indoor clay court.
Tall Czech serving sensation Petra Kvitova has been the one who has been flying under the radar. Kvitova has the all-round gameplay to not only challenge those more fancied than her, but to beat them, as she proved during the 2011 Wimbledon tournament. Even though the 23-year-old is not expected to set the world alight, she did make the semi-final last year, and will be determined to take the next step.
It has been a long time between drinks for Serena Williams at the French Open, and there aren’t too many players on the WTA Circuit with the complete game to beat the American. At $4.00 with Sportsbet, Williams provides outstanding value, especially if her form gets better in Spain and Italy before taking to the courts of Paris.
Best Bet: Serena Williams to win @ $4.00 with Sportsbet or 3/1 with Paddy Power.
Value Bet: If Williams’ form comes under intense scrutiny, Sharapova @ $4.33 and Kvitova @ $13.00 with Sportsbet are strong options. Both have proved themselves last year at Roland Garros that they have the game to challenge (Kvitova) and win (Sharapova) the clay-court Grand Slam.