Expert Picks For The 2017 Roland Garros Women’s Quarterfinals
World No. 1 Serena Williams may not be in this year’s French Open, but the WTA portion of the 2017 French Open certainly hasn’t lacked any ‘drama’ with the game’s G.O.A.T sidelined because of the impending birth of her first child. As a matter of fact, with Williams out of the field – and not obliterating one half of the draw – this year’s French Open has seen several surprises take place as we get set for the upcoming quarterfinal round.
For example, two quarterfinal matchups that will get underway on Tuesday feature pairings that most tennis fans and expert likely never saw coming heading into the year’s second major. Still, I’ve got a pair of expert picks that will give you a great chance to cash in twice before Hump Day ever arrives. Let’s examine both matchups right now.
Analyzing The Expert Picks For The 2017 Roland Garros Women’s Quarterfinals
Jelena Ostapenko +120
Caroline Wozniacki -140
Analysis: 19-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko may be ranked a modest 47th in the world, but she sure hasn’t looked like it in reaching the first grand slam quarterfinal of her career. Ostapenko came back from a set down to dispatch 2016 semifinalist Sam Stosur 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday and will now take on former world No. 1 and current World No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. The 11th seeded Wozniacki beat No. 8-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Sunday in just over two hours in surprisingly dominant fashion.
While Wozniacki has the bigger name and higher ranking, Jelena Ostapenko leads the head-to-head match-up 3-0, including an overpowering 6-2, 6-4 win in the quarters at Charleston and hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) win in the Round of 16 at Prague this season. Ostapenko also handed Wozniacki a 7-5, 6-2 loss in the Round of 32 at New Haven in 2016.
One win could be luck, two could be a coincidence, but three wins and no losses over Caroline Wozniacki tell me that Jelena Ostapenko’s game matches up more than well against Wozniacki, which is why the energetic youngster is the pick to get it done in a thriller against ‘Sunshine’ on Tuesday. In addition to taking Ostapenko at a value-packed +120, I like her +1.5 games and the Over 22 total games props picks as well.
Pick: Jelena Ostapenko in 3 Sets
Kristina Mladenovic -120
Timea Bacsinszky +100
Analysis: After starting off the year with a pair of first round losses at Hobart and the Aussie Open, World No. 14 Kiki Mladenovic has been as good as any player on the WTA Tour. Mladenovic won in St. Petersburg right after her Australian Open debacle and reached the finals at Acapulco and semis at Indian Wells.
Shortly thereafter, Mladenovic reached the final at Stuttgart and Madrid to enter the French Open on fire. The French star pounded 2016 French open champion Garbiñe Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday to reach the quarters – and make her opponent cry afterward. Unfortunately, Mladenovic was on the wrong end of a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 loss to Bacsinszky in the first round of their Fed Cup matchup earlier this year, though she did beat Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5 at Eastbourne last year.
Now ranked 31st in the world, Timea Bacsinszky dispatched Venus Williams, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, on Court Philippe Chatrier, to beat Williams in the fourth round here for the second consecutive year. The 27-year-old Bacsinszky showed some courage after losing the first set despite being up 5-1.
“The first set I had a big lead but I started making catastrophic errors,” Bacsinszky said. “I then threw some cold water on my face and told myself not to finish the Sunday like that. So I came back and played a more versatile game.”
For this match, I’m going to encourage you to back the red-hot Kiki Mladenovic to get the win in three sets, mostly because she’s really confident right now and will have a huge advantage with the home crowd pulling for anyone French to become the first winner at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000. In addition to taking Mladenovic for the win, I like this match to play just Over the 22-game total.
Pick: Kristina Mladenovic in 3 Sets