The absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova from the 2017 Ladies French Open ensures that the tournament is wide open, with defending champion Garbine Muguruza looking like the best bet for Roland Garros this year…
|28th May – 11th June||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Ladies French Open|
| Garbine Muguruza to win
|@ 10 / 1||
|Kristina Mladenovic (each way)||@ 12 / 1||
|Sara Errani (each way)||@ 200 / 1||
The Head Of The Market
The injury concerns surrounding 5/1 favourite Simona Halep have further confused the market for what is a desperately difficult tournament to call. Halep, the 2014 runner-up, would be a worthy favourite as she won the clay court title in Madrid and reached the final in Italy this year, although it is in Rome where she suffered an ankle injury that leaves her as a “50/50” chance of even playing in the second major of the year.
Elina Svitolina is next best at 7/1 (Betfred) but that price is plenty short enough as the 22-year-old Ukrainian has one quarter-final effort to show from her previous four visits to Roland Garros and that result remains her best finish in eighteen appearances in major tournaments.
We prefer to side with Garbine Muguruza as the defending champion has reached at least the last-eight in each of her past three appearances at the French Open. The Spaniard has endured a quiet year by her own high standards but she enjoyed a timely return to form with a run to the semi-finals of Rome last week.
Our only concern will be how Muguruza copes with the pressure of defending a major title but we are backing ‘G Mug’ to come good, particularly at a very generous 10/1 (Paddy Power).
Our next pick is the in-form Kristina Mladenovic (12/1 with Paddy Power), who has enjoyed a quite excellent year. Previously thought of as a doubles specialist, Mladenovic has come to the fore in singles during a wonderful 2017 campaign that has seen her win a title in St Petersburg, as well as reach finals in Acapulco, Stuttgart and Madrid.
Mladenovic is a fine clay court player who is yet to go beyond the third round of the French Open but the French star has never gone into her home major in such a rich vein of form.
We often have doubts about backing French players on their own turf thanks to their propensity for ‘bottling it’ but Mladenovic actually won the French Open doubles title in partnership with Carolina Garcia twelve months ago and that experience will have done wonders for the confidence of a player who is in fine fettle.
The Best Of The Rest
There are plenty of others with claims this year but the out-of-form Angelique Kerber is struggling to justify her ranking as the best player in the world, while Petra Kvitova is making her welcome return from injury and Johanna Konta has never gone beyond the first round at Roland Garros.
Karolina Pliskova has yet to go past the second round, Carolina Wozniacki has injury problems again and the wily veteran, Venus Williams, has reached just one French Open final during her long career.
The Long Shot
Finally, Sara Errani still has to go through qualifying to reach the main draw in France but the Italian has a fine record at Roland Garros and we will have a small each-way wager on her at 200/1 (Betfred.com).
This is a tournament that often springs a surprise and Errani is a player who has a very decent record here, winning the doubles title in 2012 and finishing runner-up twice since.
In singles play at the French Open, Errani was actually a runner-up in the 2012 final and has since reached one semi-final, as well as two other quarter-finals. The Italian could yet cause a stir.
2017 Ladies French Open Odds
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