The clay season is underway and it won’t be long before we’re diving into the 2018 French Open. Now is the time you should be locking in future bets, as current odds won’t be there once the tournament begins. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the women's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. At the very least, I can hedge in the later rounds and guarantee a profit on certain players. So, let’s not waste any more time. Men's French Open Preview, Pick, Predictions, Odds, Dark Horses
Here are five WTA players to consider betting on in the 2018 French Open.
Simona Halep - It’s only a matter of time before Simona Halep wins her first grand slam, as she’s made the final in two of her last four grand slam appearances. Halep is 20-4 this season overall and is the best player in the world as long as she doesn’t allow her mental game to fall apart. Halep finished 16-2 on clay court last season and has reached the final in two of her last four French Open appearances. While considered the favorite for this tournament, Halep and odds of +550 is worth a play. Halep is my pick to win this tournament.
Jelena Ostapenko - Jelena Ostapenko has had a real up and down season to start the year, but I’m not worried about the results, as there’s few players as competitive and feisty as her. Ostapenko is going to bring it each match and is able to erase silly mistakes from her memory. Ostapenko should have a new level of confidence for this tournament considering she won it last year and finished last season with a combined record 21-4 on any form of clay. She now looks to become the first back-to-back French Open winner since Justine Henin in 2006-07. I’ll take Ostapenko and the +1200 odds.
Caroline Wozniacki - Caroline Wozniacki has never played her best tennis on clay and has kind of been hit or miss recently. History suggests not playing Wozniacki in big matches, however, she did get the monkey off her back by winning the Australian Open and did reach the quarterfinals last year in the French Open. Wozniacki has the defense needed for clay and can run for days even on this frustrating surface. Wozniacki should be more confident now in grand slams. The fact we’re getting the top ranked player in the world at +1600 odds, you have to take it, at the very least for hedging reasons later.
Elina Svitolina - Elina Svitolina has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in two of the last three years and could have easily beaten Halep last year to reach her first semifinal in a grand slam. Svitolina reached the quarters of the Australian Open this year and is currently 19-5 this season overall. When hitting her spots, Svitolina is capable of burying her opponent quickly and has been serving at a very high level recently. It’s only a matter of time before the 23-year-old has her breakthrough moment on the big stage. Give me Svitolina and +900 odds.
Caroline Garcia - Caroline Garcia has plenty of clay experience under her belt this season after playing a couple of matches in Charleston and making the semifinals in Stuttgart. Garcia also made the quarterfinals of the French Open last year, her first grand slam semifinal appearance. Recently, Garcia has made a habit of getting off to slow starts, but when she’s dialed in, she’s capable of beating anybody, which is why she has six wins over top-10 players since last year. Garcia will also have the home crowd behind her each match, which is key for somebody like her. The 24-year-old likely won’t win the tournament, but she should make another run, and odds of +3300 provides hedging room.