Before the French Open begins, let’s take a quick look at some future bets on the women’s side that could be worth your time. Unlike the ATP, the WTA is much more wide open and there’s more realistic options to choose from.
Here are five players who you should consider for future bets.
Simona Halep, +400 - Simona Halep isn’t in the best of form after losing her last two matches, including her first match in Rome against Marketa Vondrousova. I’m also not a fan of Halep in final appearances, as she’s a known choker and wasn’t able to shake that title in Madrid. With that said, Halep is still the best player in this field and got the monkey off her back in last years French Open. Halep has also made the final in three of her last five French Open appearances. As long as Halep stays locked in and doesn’t have those brain farts where she completely unravels, this is a sweet chance to make four times your money.
Serena Williams, +1200 - Serena Williams has played just six matches since the Australian Open and has withdrawn in her last three tournaments due to knee pain. The lingering injuries and lack of reps are why you can get Serena at this price. Still, Serena has made deep tournament runs in the past on the fly and can will herself to victory even when not playing her best. Serena at 60 percent is still better than most of the players in this field. It will take a lot to go right with Serena to win this years French Open, but we’re not used to getting her at these prices, so I’ll take a stab.
Karolina Pliskova, +1400 - This is one of the more shocking prices on the board. Yes, Karolina Pliskova is just 9-7 in the French Open for her career, as a 2017 semifinal trip is her only noteworthy success. However, Pliskova found her serve in Rome when she won the Italian Open, which includes 30 aces in her last four matches. Pliskova is a completely different player when she’s piling up the free points, and she’s more than capable of steamrolling the competition when hitting her spots. I don’t care about the lack of success in this tournament. Pliskova has the ability to win it.
Kiki Bertens, +800 - Kiki Bertens has made the quarterfinal of a grand slam just twice in her career, so some will be hesitant to back her to win one. With that said, Bertens is playing probably the best tennis of anybody in the field, which includes two titles and five wins over top-10 players. Bertens has won 13 of her last 16 matches on clay and a lot of those matches weren’t close to being competitive. We’re seeing some of the best tennis from Bertens and the look in her eye is a little different. We could be seeing the turning point in Bertens career.
Garbine Muguruza, +2500 - Garbine Muguruza is back in one of her funks where little goes right and the shoulders are slumped. Muguruza has lost four of her last six matches when you include Fed Cup play, and she just retired in Rome due to injury. When Muguruza is struggling, she’s capable of losing to anybody and she’s easily the most frustrating player on the women’s side. On the flip side, Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and this is her best grand slam of her career with an 83 percent winning percentage. Muguruza is more than capable of finding her form and putting a scare into anybody. I’ll take these odds with Muguruza, even if I hate backing her individually.