Tennis Betting Advice - May 2018

French Open: Bets of the Day – at 5/1 and 14/1…

Sunday 27th May 2018

In your Ones to Watch email today:

  • French Open Day 1 – play starts 10am…
  • Match Winner picks at 5/1…
  • Outright Winner pick at 14/1…

French Open - Bets of the Day

Good morning and welcome to Day 1 of your French Open 2018 coverage…

Play starts in the 1st Round from 10am UK time, the weather in Paris is forecast to be dry and sunny – and I’m all set to get started.

We have two weeks of top-notch tennis to look forward to, starting right now…

Match Winner picks at 5/1…

Grand Slams are the biggest tournaments of the year and the early rounds give us dozens of matches to look at. With so many matches to choose from we have the chance to combine a selection of strong fancies in a Match Winner accumulator.

I’ll keep things brief here and just give the names of my 10 most trusted Match Winner picks from today’s schedule, from a total of 32 matches taking place. More detailed match previews will follow as we get deeper into the tournament.

GAEL MONFILS to beat Elliot Benchetrit
KEI NISHIKORI to beat Maxim Janvier
PABLO CARRENO BUSTA to beat Jozef Kovalik
FERNANDO VERDASCO to beat Yoshihito Nishioka
DAVID GOFFIN to beat Robin Haase

ELINA SVITOLINA to beat Ajla Tomljanovic
ANETT KONTAVEIT to beat Madison Brengle
SLOANE STEPHENS to beat Arantxa Rus
VENUS WILLIAMS to beat Xiang Wang
PAULINE PARMENTIER to beat Chloe Paquet

Match Winner – Acca:

BET: 10-fold on the players above to all win @ approx. 5/1
BOOKIES: 5/1 (6.00) William Hill, Betway, Bet365, SunBets, BetVictor
Latest odds here

Outright Winner pick at 14/1…

I’ve been studying the draws over the weekend, mapping out potential routes through to the finals and comparing player form, records and head-to-heads. We’ll be having more bets in the Outright Winner market over the next few days, but with play starting in the bottom half of the Women’s draw today there is one player in particular that I have a strong opinion about and want to back first of all…

That player is World No.8, Petra Kvitova. The Czech has been one of the form players on the WTA Tour so far this season, winning back to back titles after the Australian Open – and more recently back to back titles on clay in Prague and Madrid in her last two events.

Petra took the week off after Madrid and that looks a smart move to avoid burn-out before the big one here in Paris.

Traditionally, Kvitova’s powerful game is best on grass and hard courts, with her two Grand Slam wins both coming at Wimbledon. However she’s a Top 10 player and classy on all surfaces, as shown by those recent trophy wins in Prague and Madrid where she has put together an 11-match winning streak on clay.

The 28-year-old has made the semi finals here at Roland Garros once before (2012), and right now looks to be playing some of her best tennis…

Kvitova suffered a career-threatening off-court injury at the end of 2016, when an intruder attacked her with a knife in her apartment. Since returning to the tour, each tournament win has been charged with emotion, and this already fiercely competitive player now looks more driven than ever.

Petra was already known for her battling qualities, and is something of a specialist when it comes to winning from a set down or getting the job done in a deciding set. And that’s something her opponents will be all too aware of.

Kvitova is in the 4th Quarter of the draw and as such can’t meet the tournament second favourite and top player on paper in the bottom half, Elina Svitolina, until the semi finals. They are yet to meet on clay, but Kvitova leads their head-to-head, 7-1.

This is a player with a strong mental edge and winning mentality, and that’s gold-dust in a big tournament like this. Overall the draw looks pretty good for Kvitova and she goes down as our first Outright Winner pick of the fortnight at 14/1 or 12/1 Each Way.

Outright Winner – Women’s:

BET: Petra Kvitova @ 14/1 Each Way
BOOKIES: 14/1 (15.00) William Hill, 12/1 (13.00) Bet365, Skybet, Coral, Boylesports 
Latest odds here

  • Each Way terms: 1/2 odds 1-2 places
  • Take a look at the Tennis Betting Rules page on our website to read about why I recommend certain bookies over others
  • Unless otherwise stated in your Ones to Watch emails, all Outright Winner picks are treated as 1 point Each Way stakes and all Match picks are treated as 1 point

My recent French Open 2018 – Ones to Watch report contains seven outsiders to look out for at big prices (Hyeon Chung withdrew injured). View the report here – I’ll be mentioning some of those players over the next few days, and keeping an eye out for them in the early rounds.

See you at 8am tomorrow with your French Open Bets of the Day for Monday.

Enjoy the tennis…

Best wishes,

Oliver Upstone

Tom Wilson

Ones to Watch