Women's 2021 French Open Tennis Betting Odds, Tips & Top Bets
- Ashleigh Barty outright – 5/1 with Bet365
- Sorana Cirstea each-way outright - 500/1 with Unibet
- Karolina Muchova each-way outright – 40/1 with Bet365
The last two champions at Roland Garros head the betting for the 2021 Women’s French Open.
Holder Iga Swiatek, who became the first Pole to win a Grand Slam last October, is a standout 13/5 favourite after her 6-0 6-0 demolition of Karolina Pliskova in the Rome final.
Next is 2019 champ Ashleigh Barty who opted to stay at home in Australia last year, and retired hurt against Coco Gauff in Rome with a recurrence of a long-standing right arm injury.
She has had to manage it throughout her career, including shortly before her victory in Paris two years ago.
2021 French Open Women’s Odds
Well, it’s safe to say followers of this column got the value on Coco Gauff the women’s outright French Open betting.
The American teenager won in Parma last week to boost her Roland Garros claims. If you took the 55/1, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, I’d pass on the 25/1 now available with the best tennis betting sites.
As predicted, Simona Halep has pulled out with her calf tear. The randomness of the draw saw reigning champion Iga Swiatek land in the second quarter, and the Pole is now a best-priced 3/1 with SportNation to retain her title.
As luck would have it, all three of my original selections are in the top quarter. Ashleigh Barty remains a 5/1 shot with Karolina Muchova still 40/1.
Muchova’s social media posts have given little away about her fitness with the same applying to Garbine Muguruza who is in the second quarter. I’ll be watching the former champion’s opener closely to see if she is worth a bet.
The top half certainly looks the stronger with number two seed Naomi Osaka facing Romanian clay-court specialist Patricia Maria Tig. Aryna Sabalenka and Serena Williams are the big names in the third quarter with recent Belgrade winner Paula Badosa also there.
If a longshot is to go deep, she will most likely come from the fourth quarter which features Osaka and the injury-prone Bianca Andreescu. There are several out-of-form players here, but Sorana Cirstea isn’t one of them.
After beating Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open, Cirstea has excelled on clay and claimed her second WTA Tour title - 13 years after her first - in Istanbul last month. The 31-year-old is having another good week in Strasbourg, and the 200/1 with Bet365 is far too big to resist about the former Roland Garros quarter-finalist.
While it would be hard to crab Swiatek’s prospects, she had to save two match points in the second set of her last 16 clash with Barbora Krejcikova. After proclaiming herself unhappy with her game, she found her form in the Eternal City in devastating fashion.
And her incredible win over reigning champion Simona Halep - where she played pretty much faultless tennis - on her way to victory at last year’s French Open title shows she can beat the top players.
However, Barty has done little wrong since returning to action this season including a straight-sets win over Swiatek in Madrid. She should be well rested ahead of Roland Garros and looks the most likely winner to my eyes. The 5/1 with the best bookmakers is not prohibitive.
Seedings are all-important and, with the French Open sticking to the world rankings, Barty will be top ahead of Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka. In the absence of Halep, Sabalenka rose to third and will avoid a semi-final clash with the world number one. Swiatek also moved up from nine to eight, possibly setting up a mouthwatering quarter-final with Barty.
Sabalenka edged out Barty in the Madrid final earlier this month but has never been past the fourth round in any Slam. For that reason, her price of 8/1 with Betfair looks a tad short.
I would have been very keen on Garbine Muguruza but the Spaniard has suffered injury problems of late. If fully fit, 12/1 would be a big price about the 2016 champion, but her one-sided defeat to Elina Svitolina in Rome makes me suspect she isn’t likely to be.
Naomi Osaka, a 12/1 favourite, surprisingly withdrew from the French Open prior to taking on Ana Bogdan in the 2nd round. According to her statement, she was dealing with some tough bouts of depression ever since she won the 2018 US Open. Bianca Andreescu has not played since retiring hurt in the Miami final against Barty after testing positive for Covid, while Serena Williams’ hopes of gaining some match practice in Parma were ended abruptly by Katerina Siniakova, that after losing her Rome opener to last year’s surprise Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska.
The French Open women’s singles tournament has thrown up more than its fair share of surprises in recent times, and there has been a new winner for the past five years. While the men’s event looks a bit of a closed shop, there is definitely good reason to throw a couple of darts at outsiders here.
Coco Gauff has enjoyed some good wins this season on clay over Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari. She also gave Swiatek plenty to think about in Rome. Given everything that’s happened in the world over the last year or so, it’s easy to forget how much hype there was surrounding her when she beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019 aged just 15.
Unlike some prodigies, Gauff has kept improving steadily and beaten her fair share of high-class opponents including Osaka and Sofia Kenin. It does feel like a question of when rather than if she will win her first Slam and, given a favourable draw, she could go deep here. At a standout 55/1, I was more than happy to take the plunge, but those odds have since been halved and it's probably not worth the gamble at this point.
Karolina Muchova broke Australian hearts by beating Barty in Melbourne in February but hasn’t played a great deal of tennis since due to an abdominal muscle injury. She felt it again in her Madrid quarter-final defeat to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and skipped Rome to rest it ahead of Roland Garros.
I was very impressed with that win over Barty and clay might well be her best surface. The 40/1 may not be as eyecatching as Gauff’s odds but, fitness permitting, it’s a fair price.
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