Five different players won the last five editions of the French Open. Can Simona Halep become the first player in more than a decade to win back-to-back titles in Paris? Let’s take a look at the outright betting odds for the second Grand Slam of the season.
WTA 2019 French Open Outright Betting Odds
<h2>Defending Champion</h2><p>Former world No.1 Simona Halep finally ended her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on her fourth attempted in a major final. The 27-year-old defeated Sloane Stephens at the French Open final in 2018 to become the second Romanian woman in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title, after Virginia Ruzici, who won Roland Garros in 1978.</p><p>Halep has been one of the most successful players at the French Open in recent years, winning the title in 2018 and reaching two other finals in 2015 and 2017. The Romanian is also considered the best clay-court player on the WTA Tour with an outstanding 86% winning record in her last 50 matches on this surface. For those reasons, it is not surprising that Halep is the main favourite to lift the trophy in this year’s tournament <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">at 5/1 (6.00) with Bet365</a>.</p><p>Despite Simona’s impressive numbers on this surface, it’s hard to find value in her current tennis betting odds to win the title. Halep has yet to win a title this year and will need a strong clay-court season to arrive in Paris as the undeniable favourite. With this in mind, our suggestion is to wait for the next weeks before placing any bet on Simona’s outright to win the French Open.</p><p> </p><h2>Main Contender</h2><p>Serena Williams is always a serious contender to win any Grand Slam title. The world No.11 is a three-time champion in Paris and made it to the final in two of her last three Grand Slam appearances. The bookmakers also expect a strong performance from Serena with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Ladbrokes & Start Playing Today!">Ladbrokes offering 8/1 (9.00)</a> for the American to lift the trophy. However, clay is the surface where Williams is most uncomfortable and only played three matches on red dirt in the last three years.</p><p>Clay is the most physically demanding surface and it’s very difficult for a 37-year-old to win seven consecutive matches in two weeks on this surface. Serena’s campaign last year in Paris is a good example of that with the American withdrawing from the tournament before her fourth-round match. There was never a player – male or female – to win the French Open title with more than 35 years and for that reason, it’s impossible to trust on Serena to lift the trophy in Paris.</p><p> </p><h2>Dark Horse</h2><p>Once considered an exclusive clay-court player, Kiki Bertens has taken the WTA by storm over the last 12 months. The 27-year-old Dutch reached her first Wimbledon quarter-final and won four WTA Tour titles since the beginning of 2018 – including a WTA Premier 5 in Cincinnati. Bertens also made it to the Mutua Madrid Open final and became the first Dutch player to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore.</p><p>Bertens is a former semi-finalist in Roland Garros and always a very tough player to beat on this surface. The bookmakers are also expecting a strong campaign from Kiki at this year’s tournament with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Betfair!">Betfair offering 14/1 (15.00)</a> for the Dutch to win her first Grand Slam title. Bertens has improved considerably in the last year and it will be interesting to see how she can perform on her favourite surface, which makes Kiki one of the players to keep an eye at the French Open this year.</p><p> </p><h2>Current Odds to win the French Open title (April 15)</h2><p><u><strong>All odds are from <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">William Hill</a></strong></u></p><ul> <li>Simona Halep 9/2 (5.5)</li> <li>Serena Williams 7/1 (8)</li> <li>Elina Svitolina 10/1 (11)</li> <li>Naomi Osaka 10/1 (11)</li> <li>Sloane Stephens 12/1 (13)</li> <li>Garbine Muguruza 14/1 (15)</li> <li>Kiki Bertens 14/1 (15)</li> <li>Petra Kvitova 16/1 (17)</li> <li>Karolina Pliskova 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Angelique Kerber 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Madison Keys 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Aryna Sabalenka 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Maria Sharapova 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Jelena Ostapenko 20/1 (21)</li> <li>Bianca Andreescu 22/1 (23)</li></ul>