French Open Women’s Singles Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Simona Halep looks a worthy favorite in Paris
- Madison Keys can win her quarter – as she did in 2018
- Home hope Caroline Garcia capable of recording first-round upset
French Open Women’s Singles Odds
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French Open Women’s Singles Predictions and Picks
Simona Halep has not lost since the season resumed and looked impressive when winning the title in Rome. Back the former champion to win at +275 bet365.
2018 semi-finalist Madison Keys looks a big price to win the fourth quarter at +900 – she warrants support with BetMGM.
Caroline Garcia is a big outsider to take down Anett Kontaveit in round one – too big. Back here at +275 with bet365.
Simona Halep to win the tournament +275 with bet365
Madison Keys to win the fourth quarter +900 with BetMGM
Caroline Garcia to beat Anett Kontaveit in R1 +275 with bet365
How to Watch the French Open
|French Open Information|
|What||French Open Women’s Singles|
|Where||Roland Garros, Paris, France|
|When||Sunday, September 27 to Sunday, October 11|
|How to Watch||Tennis Channel and NBC share coverage|
Halep Has Form to Regain Title
Prior to winning the 2018 French Open, Halep had assumed the tag of the ‘nearly’ woman, a good player but one who would regularly fail to take her chances at the highest level.
Some would have called her a choker. Not now.
Last year she added the Wimbledon title to her collection and there looks every chance she’ll put a third Grand Slam on her CV at Roland Garros over the next couple of weeks.
On her favorite clay surface, she’s become a model of consistency, as evidenced by the unbeaten run she’s put together since the tour resumed last month. The Romanian has collected titles in Prague and Rome at that time and arrives in Paris as a strong-looking favorite.
She beat title rival Garbine Muguruza in the Rome semi-finals to lay down something of a marker for this event and few will want to meet her.
With this year’s tournament being held in the autumn as opposed to late spring, conditions are widely expected to be slower – cooler temperatures, more moisture in the air and new, heavier balls may hurt the chances of the power players.
As a counter-puncher with great defense, Halep won’t be too bothered about that and as one of the fittest players out there, will be quite happy to grind it out with whoever is at the other end of the court.
While you could argue the draw might have been kinder, the fact is her seeded quarter- and semi-final opponents are Kiki Bertens and Serena Williams.
I’d suggest both will do well to reach that stage. Bertens has barely played since the tour restarted and appears to have aggravated an Achilles injury, while Williams has never been at her best on clay and she’s failed to make it past the last 16 since 2016. The slower conditions certainly won’t aid her game.
Halep looks like a worthy market leader and should be backed accordingly at +275.
Unlock Value With Keys
I picked out Madison Keys at +2500 ahead of the recent US Open and she started impressively before being forced out due to a neck injury in round three.
That’s may put some bettors off but Keys again looks big here, her odds having now ballooned to +5000.
She’s delivered at Roland Garros in the past. Last year it took eventual champion Ash Barty to beat her in the quarter-finals, while the year before it was fellow American Sloane Stephens who proved too good in the last four.
Keys is one of the biggest hitters in the game so if anyone can hit through the court in these conditions it will be here and I’d still expect plenty of winners from her racquet.
The draw has been kind with Keys in the fourth quarter, that of Karolina Pliskova, who was last seen withdrawing from the Rome final due to injury. That was less than a week ago.
Petra Kvitova and Angie Kerber are also potential big-name opponents but both would prefer to be playing on a surface other than clay.
The outright price will tempt some, although arguably the better bet is to back Keys to win her quarter.
She won’t have to beat Halep or Muguruza to do that and so +900 looks the way to go.
Match Bet: Garcia Overpriced
Caroline Garcia looks a big price at +275 to take down seed Anett Kontaveit in the opening round.
Admittedly Kontaveit beat Garcia in Rome less than two weeks ago but the 6-3 7-6 scoreline shows it was a close contest.
In windy conditions, it was also a poor serving day for Garcia, who got less than 40% of her first serves in. There’s clearly room for improvement on that front, indeed you’d be surprised if there wasn’t, while the fact she created seven breakpoints – the same number as her opponent – suggests this could be a lot closer than the odds suggest.
Kontaveit has been in good form since lockdown ended but Garcia also played some decent tennis at the US Open and on home soil for this encounter, she looks worth a wager at a tasty price.
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Andy is a sports journalist of more than 20 years’ experience and is a former betting editor of the UK-based website, Sporting Life. He has specialized in tennis for many years, previewing hundreds of ATP Tour events and reporting from tournaments such as the ATP Finals and Davis Cup final. Andy has also covered numerous other sports, with a particular interest in soccer and cricket.