Join our tennis betting expert for his betting analysis of the WTA French Open draw with Simona Halep looking to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles in Paris in more than a decade.
<div><h2><strong>Defending Champion</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/simona-halep-tennis-player-profile/89899/" target="_blank" title="Simona Halep Player Profile">Simona Halep</a> finally ended her long wait for a maiden Grand Slam title after her victory in Paris last year. Halep became the first Romanian woman to win the French Open title since Virginia Ruzici in 1978 after an incredible comeback against Sloane Stephens in the final. The 27-year-old is once again the main contender to lift the trophy <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Unibet!">at 9/2 (5.50) with Unibet</a> but Simona is yet to win a tournament in 2019.</p><p>Looking now at Halep’s draw on this event, the defending champion will open her French Open campaign against Ajla Tomljanovic. The Romanian is the undeniable favourite to win this match at 4/25 (1.16) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365 </a>but this match should be closer than the odds suggest. Halep will play for the first time on a major as the defending champion and we’ve seen her losing in the opening round of Grand Slam events on several occasions in recent years. Simona lost in the first round in five of her last 15 Grand Slam appearances and for that reason, our suggestion is to wait for this first match before placing any bet on the Romanian’s outright.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Main Contender</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/kiki-bertens-tennis-player-profile/89911/" target="_blank" title="Kiki Bertens Player Profile">Kiki Bertens</a> has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, winning the biggest title of her career at the Mutua Madrid Open. The 27-year-old broke into the Top 5 for the first time this year and is one of the main contenders to win the title in Paris. Bertens is widely considered one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour with an outstanding 11-3 record this year on this surface.</p><p>Kiki won’t have an easy task in Paris with very dangerous players on her quarter such as Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Belinda Bencic and Johanna Konta. That said, it’s hard to find value on her current <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to win the title at 8/1 (9.00) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Ladbrokes Today!">Ladbrokes</a>. However, our suggestion is to keep an eye on Bertens in a tournament where she can win her maiden Grand Slam title.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Dark Horse</strong></h2><p>Kristina Mladenovic has struggled for form in recent times but Sascha Bajin has a clear plan on how to bring the former world No.10 back where she belongs. Bajin won the award for coach of the year in 2018 following his work with Naomi Osaka but the two decided to split up earlier this year. Mladenovic confirmed Bajin as her new coach in April and has shown immediate signs of improvement. The 26-year-old won 10 of her past 13 official encounters on the WTA, including victories over Belinda Bencic, Ashleigh Barty and Caroline Garcia.</p><p>Mladenovic reached the quarter-finals of her home Grand Slam in 2017 and is hoping for another successful run in Paris. The former junior world No.1 is not one of the 32 seeded players in Roland Garros but was still handed a relatively kind draw on this event. Mladenovic will start her campaign against fellow Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro in a match where she is the heavy favourite <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with William Hill!">at 1/5 (1.20) with William Hill</a>.</p><p>Karolina Pliskova is the highest ranked player on Kristina’s quarter and will be very motivated after winning the title in Rome. Nevertheless, clay is Karolina’s worst surface with the Czech winning only 56.25% of the matches played throughout her career in Roland Garros. Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki are two of the other seeded players on Mladenovic’s half of the draw and although these are two of the greatest competitors in tennis history, none of them is a so-called “<a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/what-makes-clay-a-unique-surface-for-tennis-betting/89794/" target="_blank" title="What Makes Clay a Unique Surface for Tennis Betting?">clay-court specialist</a>”. Mladenovic already defeated all these three players in the past and will have the crowd support on her side in Paris. With this in mind, placing a small stake on Mladenovic to win the fourth quarter <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Coral & Start Playing Today!">at 14/1 (15) with Coral</a> is a very interesting approach for this tournament.</p></div>