French Open women’s singles preview, predictions and best bets: Ons Jabeur on fire

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

On the men’s side, three players appear to be in a league of their own right now: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. Meanwhile, the current state of the WTA Tour is a one-woman show. Iga Swiatek, who won the 2020 French Open, is riding a 28-match winning streak. The season’s second major starts at Roland Garros on Sunday and Swiatek is going head-to-head against the field per the odds (she is a -110 favorite).

Here are the odds to win the women’s singles French Open title and my best bets. Also be sure to check out my men’s preview and picks.

French Open odds

Here are the odds for the French Open women’s singles tournament, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Iga Swiatek -110
Ons Jabeur +1200
Simona Halep +1300
Paula Badosa +1800
Coco Gauff +2000
Maria Sakkari +2000
Aryna Sabalenka +2200
Barbora Krejcikova +2500
Jil Teichmann +2500
Garbine Muguruza +2800
Elena Rybakina +3500
Bianca Andreescu +3500
Amanda Anisimova +3500
Anett Kontaveit +4000
Naomi Osaka +4000
Danielle Collins +4000
Claire Liu +4000
Qinwen Zheng +4000
Belinda Bencic +4000
Karolina Pliskova +4000

3-star value play: Ons Jabeur (+1200)

I’m not taking any favorite at minus money – especially not when it’s a player who has won just a single Grand Slam title in her career. That’s not to discredit what Swiatek is doing. She is dominating the tour and obviously without taking odds into account I would pick her to win the tournament. I’m just not touching -110. I will, however, most definitely target competitors on the opposite side of the draw from Swiatek. The longer you avoid playing her, the better. That means it is a favorable path through the bracket for Jabeur, who has been the second-best player on clay this season. The 6th-ranked Tunisian finished runner-up in Charleston, reached the Stuttgart quarterfinals, won Madrid and finished runner-up to Swiatek in Rome. Don’t be surprised if the next step in Jabeur’s ascension is a maiden Grand Slam title.

2-star value play: Coco Gauff (+2000)

Coco Gauff getting bad draws in the early rounds of Grand Slams has been a common occurrence. That certainly isn’t the case this time around. Her quarter of the bracket includes a trio of major champions, but they are all either past their prime or not playing great at the moment (Garbine Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka and Barbora Krejcikova). No. 5 seed Anett Kontaveit was red hot at the end of 2021 but now finds herself in a slump. Gauff has a golden opportunity to reach the semis in Paris, and at that point anything can happen. The future could be now for American tennis.

1-star value play: Amanda Anisimova (+3500)

Amanda Anisimova and Jabeur are in the same quarter of the bracket, which obviously isn’t ideal in terms of somewhat conflicting bets. But they wouldn’t face each other until the quarters and the best news for each one is that they are away from Swiatek. It’s true that Anisimova has a terrible first-round draw against Naomi Osaka, but that is why you can grab the American at +3500. If she gets past Osaka (which I fully expect her to do), the odds will plummet. So far on clay Anisimov has reached the semifinals in Charleston (lost to Jabeur in three sets) and the quarters in both Madrid and Rome. She made a run to the Roland Garros semis in 2019 as a 17-year-old. She could go all the way at 20.

The Pickswise tennis handicappers are on hand throughout the entire tennis season, bringing you the best free expert Tennis predictions and picks from top events including the U.S. Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

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