Samantha Stosur - The unstoppable steamroller
The 8/13 about Australia's hard-hitting Samantha Stosur beating Italy's Francesca Schiavone in two sets looks the value selection as we quickly approach Saturday's Women's French Open final at Roland Garros.
In what is generally considered to be a surprise final between Sam Stosur - the first Australian woman to make a Slam final for 30 years - and 29-year-old clay specialist Francesca Schiavone, there can only be one outcome.
Samantha Stosur will win the 2010 Women's French Open.
Following her 2-1 fourth-round 'shock' victory over returning four-time French Open Champion Justine Henin, there was no stopping last year's semi-finalist Stosur, as Serena Williams was next in line to fall at the sword of the steamrolling Australian.
Serena did manage to knick a set on her exit from Roland Garros, but Sam Stosur is the unstoppable force at the French event this year and the aging Schiavone should prove one of her easiest encounters of the 2010 Roland Garros event.
Take nothing away from Italy's Francesca Schiavone.
With a past career best of only a Slam quarter final appearance, the clay loving Italian has had a fantastic tournament - if not a somewhat easier draw than her final opponent - but with little doubt, Schiavone will become a house-hold name, if not an Italian tennis great... among Italians that is.
For sure, this is the greatest moment in the Italian's career, but that stops here and now.
Let's be honest...
Elena Dementieva should be the finalist who is clashing with Sammy Stosur in what would have been a thrilling French Open final, but the Russian was forced to withdraw after her semi-final first set 7-6(3) loss with a torn calf muscle and due to this, the French Open final has probably suffered as a result.
After dismissing each and every challenge to come her way this tournament, does the harder path to the French Open final help, or hinder the 2/9 favourite?
For the Australian, the hard work was out of the way as French Open 4th seed Jelena Jankovic awaited Stosur in the semi-final.
Although at the time I thought the wheels had to come off the Aussie's wagon and fatigue would soon catch up with the 26-year-old, I turned out to be completely wrong and Sam Stosur gave Jelena Jankovic a lesson in clay court tennis, steam-rolling the Serbian 6-1 6-2 in a match lasting little over a hour.
With little now left to do to claim her first career Grand Slam title, expect to see Sam Stosur defending her French Open title in 2011.
Sam Stosur: To win @ 2/9
Sam Stosur: 2-0 sets @ 8/13
Number of sets in match: 2 Sets 1/3
1st set betting: Samantha Stosur @ 3/10