We looked at the ATP predictions and dark horses for the 2017 French Open, now it’s time to take a look at the women’s side. With no Serena Williams due to her pregnancy, the WTA French Open is wide open. If you’re a stranger to these articles, it’s important to know I go for some of the longshots to either secure a possible monster payout due to my money being tied up so long, or I like providing hedging room to guarantee a profit later in the tournament.
It’s all about the value.
Either way, here are some players to consider for the 2017 WTA French Open.
Simona Halep - Simona Halep has had an up-and-down season that included a first round exit in the Australian Open, but she found her form in Miami and did beat a top-10 player in Johanna Konta in the Fed Cup. Halep’s only grand slam final appearance was in the 2014 French Open, and when she's playing her best fiery tennis, few can hit with her. With no Serena, this seems like a great chance for Halep to win her first grand slam title. Odds of +650 are terrific for the Romanian firecracker.
Venus Williams - Clay court has never been the best surface for Venus Williams, and she hasn’t made the quarterfinals of the French Open since 2006. However, anybody have Venus making the Australian Open final this season? Who thought Venus would be 14-5 this season at nearly 37 years old? Exactly. Few are playing as well as Venus right now, which makes her a live dark horse even with odds of +6600. At the very least, you have hedging room in the later rounds.
Elina Svitolina - Elina Svitolina is starting to come into her own at 22 years old, as she's won two titles and has beaten Angelique Kerber three times this season. The only grand slam quarterfinal for Svitolina was in the 2015 French Open, and that’s whan she was a baby still trying to play consistent tennis. That’s no longer the case here. The Svitolina now is swinging the racket with great confidence and has eight wins over top-10 players since the start of last season. Svitolina and odds of +1800 is a nice bet.
Garbine Muguruza - Garbine Muguruza has shown enough that she’s recovered from her struggles late last season, as she made the quarters in the Australian Open and has a couple of wins over top-10 players. But the real reason to like Muguruza with odds of +450 to win the French Open is because she won this event last year and made the quarterfinals the two years before that. Muguruza plays her best tennis on clay and is the favorite for good reason now that Serena isn’t in the field. These odds won't be there anymore once Muguruza gets off to a strong start and wins a few matches.
Johanna Konta - Johanna Konta has played in two French Opens and has yet to make it out of the first round. So, why on the card? Well, Konta is currently 20-3 this season overall and that includes winning the Miami Masters and making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Konta clearly plays her best tennis on hard court, but you can see the confidence building for the soon to be 26-year-old, and she's nw going on the court expecting to win every match. With her game, that’s scary. I’ll take a stab with Konta and +2000 odds given her current form and confidence level.