French Open 2018 Betting Tips
French Open 2018 – Update 5th June 2018
Garbine Muguruza looks a good bet for French Open title
Rafael Nadal turned 32 on Sunday, but age shows little sign of depleting his powers on the red clay at Roland Garros. Next up for Nadal is unseeded German Maximilian Marterer in the last 16 and, as widely predicted, the Spaniard looks to be on course for the final and a potential 11th French Open title, although at 3/10 with bet365 at the time of writing his odds are somewhat prohibitive.
In truth the main interest probably lies in the other half of the draw to Nadal where
Next up for the second seed is Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem (9/1 with William Hill), in what has to be the most eagerly anticipated match of the tournament in the Men’s event this year to date.
To his credit, despite recent poor form and injuries, Novak Djokovic (15/2 with Unibet) is also still in contention. The 31-year-old Serb has now reached the last eight at Roland Garros for a 12th time, which is an Open era record. The 12-time Grand Slam champion will play Belgium’s Marco Cecchinato in the last eight, with the victor playing the winner of the Zverev v Thiem match for a place in the final.
Two of the favourites, Simona Halep (11/4 with William Hill) and Garbine Muguruza, are also still very much in contention. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, saw off Australia’s former US Open champion Sam Stosur 6-0 6-2 in 63 minutes and, with unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko up next, looks a definite contender to regain her title from two years ago.
Update 28th of May: The 31 year-old Spaniard will be seeking his 11th French Open crown and it’s difficult to make much of a case against that eventuality given that he has won an incredible 79 of his 81 matches at Roland Garros.
Nadal’s hopes are further enhanced in that his historic rivals are all either absent (Roger Federer and Andy Murray) or struggling for form following injury (Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka).
Under the circumstances, the main contenders to Nadal’s crown could well be Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. Zverev, the 21 year-old German, has already won clay court titles in Munich and Madrid in 2018, while the 24 year-old Austrian Thiem has three career wins on clay over Nadal, including in Madrid earlier this month.
Both players, along with Novak Djokovic, are in the other half of the draw to Nadal, so it’s looking likely that one should probably make the final. Backing both Zverev and Thiem each-way at 14/1 (15:00) and 8/1 (9.00) with Unibet and CrownBet respectively could be the way to go.
The Women’s event looks far more difficult to call, particularly with doubts as to just how competitive Serena Williams will be. Clay was never her favored surface anyway and she has played just four matches since giving birth in September (and in 16 months overall).
Simona Halep is top seed and world no. 1 in the rankings, but she has yet to win a Grand Slam title.
The best French Open tennis bet could be Elina Svitolina who, as in 2017, goes to Roland Garros as the Italian Open champion. Although the Ukrainian has yet to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, she has won her past eight finals on the WTA tour, so clearly has something about her.
Recommended French Open bets:
Men’s Singles Outright: Dominic Thiem each-way @ 14/1 (15.00) with Unibet
Men’s Singles Outright: Alexander Zverev each-way @ 8/1 (9.00) with CrownBet
Women’s Singles Outright: Elina Svitolina each-way @ 6/1 (7.00) with Bet365