By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 22nd May 2019
Big-priced winners of women’s Grand Slams have been far from rare in recent years. Just think Flavia Pennetta (2015 US Open), Jelena Ostapenko (100/1 to win the 2017 French Open) and Naomi Osaka (50/1 to win the 2018 US Open).
And it might be worth expecting another at the 2019 French Open, given the negatives surrounding many of the market leaders.
Below we’ll dissect the chances of some of those towards the top of the Women’s French Open tournament winner betting and then supply a 50/1 tip on a player whose odds look more than generous as a result.
Simona Halep (4/1)
Halep has reached three Roland Garros finals in the last five years, with her maiden success coming 12 months ago when recovering from falling a set behind to beat Sloane Stephens.
A repeat victory for Halep would make her just the sixth female ever to defend a French Open crown, following Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Justine Henin.
The Romanian is at her best on clay, but her latest form does not scream French Open winner. She was beaten in straight sets by Kiki Bertens in the final of the Madrid Open and then lost in the first round in Italy to 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
Karoline Pliskova (12/1)
Speaking of Czech players, Pliskova arrives in Paris in ideal form, having lifted the title in Rome after beating Brit Johanna Konta in the final.
However, prior to that her form was slightly sketchy, including a defeat in Madrid to world number 66 Kateryna Kozlova, who had to progress through two rounds of qualifying just to reach the main draw.
Furthermore, in seven French Open appearances, Pliskova has only made it beyond the third round once.
Petra Kvitova (12/1)
Kvitova is unlikely to turn up at Roland Garros fully fit, having suffered a left calf injury at the Italian Open, which forced her retirement from the event. She has also been troubled of late by an abdominal problem.
Her participation is still far from guaranteed and she has failed to make it past the French Open fourth round in each of the last six years.
Naomi Osaka (14/1)
A victory at Roland Garros would mean three Slams on the bounce of Osaka and would make her the 11th player to join this exclusive club. It would also ensure she retains her position at the summit of the women’s world rankings.
However, her victories in both the US Open and Australian Open were both on hard courts. She has never previously won a top-level WTA event on clay.
What’s more, the Japanese 21-year-old pulled out of the recent Rome Masters with a hand injury.
Serena Williams (14/1)
A left knee injury is proving the bane of Williams’ campaign, in which she has completed only nine matches in total to date.
Fully fit, Williams would almost certainly be tournament favourite, but there have to be major doubts whether her body will allow her to play seven matches in a fortnight. She has made a habit of pulling out of tournaments of late.
It’s also easy to forget that Williams hasn’t won a singles tournament of any nature since the 2017 Australian Open.
Elina Svitolina (20/1)
Failed to win a match in either Madrid or Rome, so is arriving at Roland Garros without a clay-court victory to her name this season. This is obviously far from ideal preparation.
She has also never previously gone beyond the quarter-finals at this Slam.
Ashleigh Barty (20/1)
Like others on this list, Barty is walking wounded heading to Paris. She pulled out of her first-round match in Strasbourg with an arm complaint and has stated that she will arrive at the French Open minus practice, as she bids to rest her injury.
What’s more, the Australian has never reached a final on clay, with history suggesting that hard courts are a better fit for her game.
Maria Sakkari (50/1)
Sakkari has certainly enjoyed plenty of practice on clay in recent weeks to sharpen up, with 14 victories registered on the surface.
Her success in Rabat made her the first Greek female to win a WTA tour title in over a decade and lifted her to a career-high 39 in the WTA rankings.
Failure in Madrid can be explained by a tight 24-hour window to fly between Morocco and Spain, during which the excitement of her Rabat triumph is sure to have had an impact upon her sleep and recovery.
Most recently, the 23-year-old sauntered through qualifying to reach the semi-finals In Rome before narrowly losing out to Pliskova.
Alongside her recent form, there’s also another lucky omen that Sakkari is carrying around with her.
“It’s funny, a bird s**t on my bag before the tournament in Rabat so I was like, good things are going to happen,” Sakkari told the WTA website.
“So I haven’t cleaned my bag since then. I think I’m not going to wash it.”
At 50/1 in the French Open odds, there are far fewer negatives hanging over Sakkari than other more-fancied players in the betting.