A strong start to the week with our womens picks means we’re ready to fire ahead of Day 3.
Here’s our best bets from tonight’s draw:
Alize Cornet v Timea Babos
Cornet will be looking for a big performance in front of her home crowd after being given a reasonable opening round match.
The Frenchwoman hasn’t enjoyed a particularly strong year to date, holding a rather grim 1-4 record on clay this season.
The good news for Cornet is that is seems her opponent is struggling just as much on the dirt surface, managing just one win in her five appearance as well – including losing her last four straight.
With both players clearly worse for wear at the moment experience and home support become a pivotal factor is deciding the outcome.
Cornet last lost an opening round game at Roland Garros back in 2012, having reached the third round last year and the fourth round in 2016.
She is clearly the better suited to the surface and should use her experience to her advantage.
A tight game is predicted and our data shows Cornet winning in three sets, but covering the games handicap.
Prediction: Cornet -2.5 @ $1.90
Johanna Konta v Su-Wei Hsieh
Konta will begin her French Open campaign against relatively unknown Su-Wei.
Su-Wei spends most of the year competing in ITF events as opposed to playing on the WTA tour and so her only two wins on clay have come against women ranked outside the top 150.
Konta meanwhile isn’t a natural clay courter, but her power and ground strokes will still translate into a ton of winners in this match up.
The Brit holds a 3-4 record on the surface this year but is a mile better than her opponent in this one.
She has been eliminated in the opening round at Roland Garros the past two years but shouldn’t have any trouble negating her way past her Chinese opponent.
Our numbers show her comfortably prevailing in straight sets and we expect her to cover the handicap as well.
Prediction: Konta -6.5 @ $1.80
Jana Cepelova v Simona Halep
Halep is undoubtedly the form player heading into Roland Garros.
The Romanian boasts in incredible 14-2 record on clay this year, having taken out the WTA Madrid Premier before reaching the final in Rome a fortnight later.
The no. 3 seed light work of her opponent who failed to qualify for the WTA in Rome, with her best result being a semi-final appearance in Istanbul last month.
Cepelova is not a clay courter by nature and should struggle to deal with Halep’s heavy hitting from the back of the court.
Our projections have Halep winning this one in straight sets, falling Under the total games margin along the way.
The handicap is tricky but it’s surprising to see the bookies favouring the Overs in what should be a mismatch on court.
Prediction: Under 18.5 @ $1.97
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