The WTA heads to Paris for the season’s second Grand Slam, with Polish No. 1-ranked player Iga Swiatek favored over the field in French Open odds for women’s singles.
We will take a look at each quadrant of the women’s French Open draw to get a better sense of which players have the best chance to advance to the semifinals in French Open odds. Click on the odds below to bet now.
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Swiatek has won 28 consecutive matches, winning five titles on tour during that span. Despite the WTA’s tendency towards big upsets especially in major tournaments, it’s gonna take an incredible effort to take down Iga and win at Roland Garros.
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2022 French Open Schedule
- May 22-24: First Round
- May 25-26: Second Round
- May 27-28: Third Round
- May 29-30: Fourth Round
- May 31-June 1: Quarterfinals
- June 2: Women’s Semifinals
- June 4: Women’s Final
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The draw did not do Swiatek any favors with a potentially tricky path to the semifinals, having drawn two former Roland Garros winners in Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko.
Her first obstacle is a potential third-round matchup against the talented Russian Liudmilla Samsonova. Samsonova has given Iga her toughest test during the clay swing, pushing her to the brink in Stuttgart, while eventually falling in a competitive three sets.
Swiatek should then likely come across the winner of a potential matchup between former Grand Slam winner Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round. Ostapenko has lost five consecutive matches, including an ugly straight-set loss to Lauren Davis in Rome. If Ostapenko gets off to a hot start at Roland Garros she could be a tough test for Iga, but I really do not envision the top seed struggling to emerge from this quadrant.
This portion of the bracket is an interesting one. Some of the top players are: Paula Badosa, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, and Danielle Collins.
Paula Badosa is dealing with an injury and is out of form. Badosa fell in straight sets to Daria Kasatkina in Madrid. However, she is a former junior French Open champion, and will certainly be a threat if she can stay healthy.
Aryna Sabalenka, the world’s seventh-ranked player, has not been the same player this clay season and may be a prime candidate for an early exit with a tricky potential third-round matchup ahead in Yulia Putintseva or Camila Giorgi.
The Kazakhstani Elena Rybakina made the quarterfinals last year at the French Open, and her 6-foot frame and powerful serve make her one of the best young players under 25 years old in all of women’s tennis.
A potential matchup between the Spaniard Paula Badosa and Rybakina is definitely one to look out for. At +500, Rybakina is worth a look to reach the semifinals.
The third quarter of the women’s draw is loaded with talent, and has been referred to by some as a quarter of death. Two of the top-ranked players to look out for are Maria Sakkari, and US Open winner Emma Raducanu.
Sakkari was the last woman to defeat Iga Swiatek on clay, when she did so at last year’s French Open. Sakkari made a run to the quarterfinals in Rome before falling to Ons Jabeur in a thrilling three-set victory. She has been in very inconsistent form, but is always a threat to make a run on the clay courts. She had several failed match point conversions on her way to losing in the semifinals last year.
Raducanu has been struggling mightily since her maiden slam at the US Open. She was down a set and a break in the first round of the Italian Open against Andreescu, before withdrawing with a back injury. That could make her vulnerable in Paris.
Amanda Anisimova has already advanced over Naomi Osaka, as she has had little to no success on clay throughout her career.
Some other very dangerous players in this loaded section include former Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, Bianca Andreescu, and former world number-one Angie Kerber. Andreescu is a prime dark horse candidate, despite her inconsistency. She is a former U.S. Open winner, and definitely has the upside to make a deep run at Roland Garros. We have seen what Bianca can do when she is in top form, and a recent layoff from tennis seems to have helped her game.
Some of the top-ranked players to look out for here are: Barbora Krejcikova, Anett Kontaveit, Garbine Muguruza, and Victoria Azarenka.
Krejcikova is the defending champion at Roland Garros, but has been absent for the majority of the clay season. She has been struggling with an elbow injury which makes it tough to see her as a legitimate threat to defend her title in Paris.
Although Muguruza is a former major champion, she is in dreadful form having just lost to Martina Trevisan in Morocco. Muguruza also has a very tough first round matchup against the extremely underrated Estonian Kaia Kanepi.
Anett Kontaveit had an unbelievable 2021 campaign, skyrocketing to as high as a No. 4 ranking in the world. She has not had much success during the clay season, and drew a very difficult opponent in the first round in experienced Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic.
Likely the most dangerous player to look out for in this quarter is Coco Gauff, who’s an outstanding player on clay. In what seems to be a wide-open section of the bracket, Coco’s supreme athleticism may make her the most promising candidate to go on a run in Paris.