If one wants to bet on the 2018 French Open Women’s Singles, it has to be taken into consideration that the tournament ended with a huge upset last year: Simona Halep was defeated by unseeded Jelena Ostapenko in the finals. Does this year have another surprise in store or will it mark Halep’s winning her first Grand Slam title?
The French Open (frequently called Roland Garros after the name of the venue hosting it) is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year and the only one to be played on clay. Even though the surface will be of great help to Ostapenko, we will probably not see another triumph by her as she hasn’t been having a particularly impressive season so far.
While an upset of last year’s proportions is not to be expected, it is still worth considering the chances of players whom online betting sites in France deem unlikely to win. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 5 best players to bet on at the 2018 French Open Women’s Tournament.
Elina Svitolina (7.00)
Svitolina has been a strong player for a long time and she has continued to improve in the last few seasons. Her serve, in particular, got more efficient, to the point that she became one of the leaders of aces and first serve points won statistics in 2018. Her preferring clay to hard courts will also come in handy at Roland Garros. While she hasn’t gotten past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam Tournament so far, her steady improvement might easily earn her a breakthrough.
Garbine Muguruza (8.00)
Convincing on clay, Muguruza has won the French Open in 2016. Her failure to defend the title in 2017 was at least partly due to pressure: she lost in the fourth round against home favorite Kristina Mladenovic, who was supported by an audience most unkind to Muguruza. She even burst in tears when asked about the crowd in the following press conference. Such misfortunes are unlikely to repeat themselves, which means that the chances of her repeating her 2016 performance are quite high.
Serena Williams (8.00)
Having missed the French Open along with most tournaments in 2017 due to pregnancy, she is still adjusting. While Williams might have better chances at later Grand Slam Tournaments, for which she will have more time to prepare, her experience is still a force to be reckoned with. It wouldn’t be the first time Serena won the French Open Singles title, since she has collected the trophy three times, most recently in 2015, and only lost in the finals the last time she was at Roland Garros (2016).
Simona Halep (5.00)
There’s a good reason last year’s finalist is the bookies’ favorite. Not only is she the current no. 1 in the WTA singles rankings, she also leads the power rankings on clay. While she hasn’t had a major tournament triumph in 2018 yet, few people would be shocked by seeing her again in the finals of the French Open. She is as safe a bet as it gets.
Venus Williams (61.00)
For those who are looking for a strategic bet on the 2018 French Open Women’s Tournament, the older of the Williams sisters would be an excellent choice. Online sportsbook sites in France give her such low chances that she appears to be an underdog. In reality, Williams, who’s currently WTA no. 8, certainly has better chances.
While she might have lost at the Australian Open early in the tournament, she seems to be in great form in 2018: she got to the quarterfinals at the Miami Open and is doing very well at the Fed Cup. So far, she has collected seven Grand Slam trophies. While a victory at Roland Garros is still missing from her career, we cannot rule out the possibility that this will change in 2018, which would give risk-taking gamblers a crazy multiplier.
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