Petra Kvitova Is The Best Bet For A Wide Open Ladies' French Open
Picking a favourite from the latest Ladies French Open betting market is like picking your favourite member of N-Sync - it's very difficult but one stands out above the rest. This is one of the most competitive Grand Slam markets in years as there are question marks against all of the leading candidates but we've trawled the draw and statistics to provide our best bet for Roland Garros...
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Where Is The Betting Value In The Top-Half Of The Draw?
World No. 1 Simona Halep is a marginal 6/1 favourite after losing in the final to Jelena Ostapenko almost 12 months ago and her search for a maiden major title continues after she was beaten in the final of the Australian Open earlier this year.
The Romanian will surely break her duck at some point but 6/1 is very skinny for a player who is in a loaded top-half of the draw that includes three-time champion Serena Williams, who plays her first Grand Slam event since giving birth in September. The unseeded 36-year-old has only played four matches on tour since the birth of her daughter and she could meet either two-time French Open winner Maria Sharapova (12/1) or 2017 semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova (18/1) in the fourth round.
Also lurking in the top-half is 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza (14/1) and the Spaniard faces an unenviable first round clash with 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The in-form Kiki Bertens could offer value at 25/1 after the recent Madrid runner-up reached the last-four of Roland Garros in 2016. Meanwhile, 2015 runner-up Lucie Safarova (200/1) might be worth a look at a bigger price as she has an excellent pedigree on clay after winning the French Open doubles crown twice in the past three years.
In truth, the top-half looks like a minefield and we'd take a tentative punt on Sharapova after she reached the quarters of Madrid and the semis in Rome, albeit you fancy that she would need someone else to dispose of her old nemesis Serena - Sharapova has lost their past 17 head-to-head clashes...
The Best Bet For The Ladies French Open
Defending champion Ostapenko (14/1) is in the bottom-half and could meet Victoria Azarenka in the second round, while recent Rome winner Elina Svitolina can be backed at a skinny 13/2 as she continues her search for a first Grand Slam title.
We prefer the look of Petra Kvitova at the prices as she has hit top form this year, winning titles in Russia, Qatar, Prague and Madrid - Kvitova can be backed at 14/1 with Betfair. A semi-finalist in 2012, Kvitova has won 13 of her last 14 matches on clay and the Czech star enjoys the benefit of a very kind draw early on as the highest seeded player in her section is the American Sloane Stephens, before a potential quarter-final with Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki (25/1).
Wozniacki's record on clay leaves plenty to be desired and she faces a tough first round match against Timea Bacsinszky. Wozniacki has won all four of their previous meetings but they were all on hard courts and Bacsinszky is a different beast on clay. The 28-year-old is a massive 100/1 despite reaching the last-eight in her past three appearances at the French Open (SF-QF-SF), although the caveat to that fine tournament record is the fact that her 2018 campaign has been wrecked by injury and poor form so far.