Don’t miss our two top tennis plays for this Sunday’s action in Paris with the WTA French Open 1st round taking place. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixtures below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
Venus vs. Wang
At the age of 36, Venus Williams continues to be one of the best players on the WTA Tour. With a brilliant 45 – 19 record in Roland Garros, Venus will play this tournament for the 20th time in her career. Looking now at Williams’ campaign in the European clay-court season, the 2002 runner-up arrives in Paris after reaching the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome.
Qiang Wang is going through the best moment in her career with an outstanding 25 – 12 record in 2017. Despite her recent improvements, Wang’s record against top 20 opponents is far from impressive with the Chinese winning only 16.67% of the matches against players in the top 20. Adding to this, Qiang’s numbers on Grand Slam events are also far from impressive with a poor 33.33% winning record.
Due to Venus’ higher experience and tremendous success on Majors, it’s impossible to go against the American on this match. Having said that, Williams is the undeniable favourite to book a place in the following round at 2/5 with Bet365 while William Hill offers 21/10 for Wang’s victory. Besides the value on Venus’ moneyline, her -1.5 Set Handicap is also a good option for those who want to take a higher risk at 99/100 with Pinnacle.
Bacsinszky vs. Sorribes Tormo
Despite slow start to 2017, Timea Bacsinszky is definitely returning to her best level. After reaching the semi-finals in 2015 and the quarter-finals last season, Bacsinszky is looking for another successful campaign on Roland Garros. Known as one of the greatest defenders in the game, Timea presents a remarkable 70.63% winning record on red dirt throughout her career.
Sara Sorribes Tormo continues her impressive campaign in recent months. After securing an unprecedented place in the top 100 earlier this season, Sorribes Tormo is now trying to win her first match on a Grand Slam main draw. Despite her recent improvements, there is still a long way to go before we see Sara at the same level as the best players in the world.
These two players are no strangers with Sorribes Tormo unable to find the answer to Bacsinszky’s solid baseline game last year in Gstaad.
Due to Timea’s tremendous record in Paris, it’s hard to go against the Swiss on this event. Adding to this, Bacsinszky didn’t experience any problems on their previous meeting with an easy 6 – 3 6 – 2 victory. With this in mind, Timea is the undeniable favourite on this match at 17/100 at Coral while Sorribes Tormo is available at 128/25 with Pinnacle. Due to the low price on Bacsinszky’s moneyline, our suggestion is to place a bet on her -1.5 Set Handicap at 53/100 with Ladbrokes.