After looking at future bets on the ATP side, it’s time to look at the WTA future odds for the 2016 French Open. As usual, we’re looking at players who can provide us with big paydays whether it’s picking the winner outright or giving us some room to hedge. So, let’s dig deep here.
Here are some women to consider putting on your card for the 2016 French Open.
Serena Williams - Can we just get Serena Williams out of the way real quick and throw her on the card? Serena is head and shoulders still the best player in the world and isn’t losing to anybody when she’s on top of her game. Serena has made the final in five of the last six majors and champed it four times. Serena has also won 12 of her last 14 singles matches. Anytime you can get Serena in her current form at plus money for a major, you take it. So, yes, odds of +220 with Serena is a solid bet.
Simona Halep - If we’re being completely honest, if Serena doesn’t win the French Open, it’s probably going to be Simona Halep. An argument can be made Halep is the second best female tennis player in the world, and she’s starting to find her form again after a slow start to 2016, as she’s coming off the title at the Madrid Open. Halep made the final of the 2014 French Open and has been better in majors overall the last couple of seasons. I love Halep’s game and her competitiveness. There’s great value with Halep at +675, as she’s the best player in the field if you think Serena will choke for whatever reason.
Sloane Stephens - Sloane Stephens is having her breakout season right now with already three titles under her belt, which includes Charleston Open. Stephens now has four wins over top-10 players since last season and is back to being a top-20 player in the world. When not making unforced errors and battling mental games, Stephens is capable of beating a lot of players ranked higher than her, as we’re starting to see with a little more consistency. While a win isn’t likely, odds of +4500 with Stephens’ provide hedging room.
Ana Ivanovic - Ana Ivanovic has been struggling to get out of her own way lately after splitting her last 10 matches. Ivanovic has been dropping in the rankings and hasn’t looked sharp at all in 2016. However, let’s not forget Ivanovic made the semifinals of the French Open last year and has made at least the quarterfinals of this tournament four times in her career. Ivanovic clearly enjoys the French Open and could use this event as a turning point to her season. I like odds of +6600, which provides room for hedging as well.
Angelique Kerber - Angelique Kerber was a quick exit in Madrid and Rome, but she has to have confidence after winning her first major at the Australian Open. Kerber made the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2012 and has won 11 of her last 15 matches on clay court. Kerber also has wins over Serena and Halep already this season, and she’s beaten eight top-10 players since 2015. When on, Kerber can compete and beat anybody on a good day. Odds of +1600 are worth a shot here.