Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova may not be competing in this year’s French Open, but instead of diminishing the second major of the year, the absences of both former winners has actually made this year’s run for French Open success even more exciting.
You see, with the incomparable Williams and to a lesser degree, Sharapova, both out of this year’s French Open, a handful of players now have a legitimate chance to bag this year’s bling at Roland Garros. With the first round now a thing of the past, the five round 2 expert picks that you’re about to get, will help you in your quest for French Open betting success.
Analyzing The Roland Garros Women Second Round Matches & Betting Predictions
Ekaterina Makarova -220
Lesia Tsurenko +180
Analysis: Hey Makarova! I’m sorry but I couldn’t help myself. Every time I see Ekaterina Makarova’s name, I’m reminded of that popular song, Hey Macarena! All jokes aside though, Makarova is the easy pick to beat Lesia Tsurenko, seeing as how she’s 2-0 in career head-to-head meetings and has posted a fine, 17-6 record on the year. Hey Makarova gets it done in straight set.
Pick: Ekaterina Makarova in 2 sets
Jelena Ostapenko -165
Monica Puig +140
Analysis: Jelena Ostapenko won the only career meeting between these two and I’m picking her to beat Monica Puig again, seeing as how she’s gone 22-11 on the year to Puig’s uninspiring 11-12 mark. Still, this match is must-see TV, simply because Monica Puig is totally hot!
Pick: Jelena Ostapenko in 3 Sets
Samantha Stosur -570
Kirsten Flipkens +420
Analysis: Sam Stosur is 2-1 in three career meetings against Kirsten Flipkens and she’s 16-13 on the year with one title as compared to Flipkens’ 12-12 record with no titles in 2017. Still, I’m thinking this match has ‘upset’ written all over it. Stosur is the smart pick, but Flipkens could win! This one goes the full distance.
Pick: Kirsetn Flipkens in 3 Sets
Bethanie Mattek-Sands +180
Petra Kvitova -220
Analysis: Petra Kvitova is 2-0 against Mattek-Sands, but she’s not getting the win this time around against the super feisty American who has gone an impressive 19-4 on the year while Kvitova makes her debut after being on the wrong end of a horrific home invasion.
Pick: Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 3 Sets
C.C. Bellis +360
Kiki Bertens -480
Analysis: Kiki Bertens is 1-0 against the young C.C. Bellis and is 21-14 on the year as compared to Bellis’ 10-7 mark. Bellis is faster and younger, but Kiki Bertens is stronger and more experienced. It’s that simple!
Pick: Kiki Bertens in 3 Sets