Swiatek the Player To Beat
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has cemented herself as the prohibitive top favorite for the 2022 French Open. What’s more, according to the tennis betting markets, the 20-year-old Polish star has barely any competition in the chase for the coveted title.
Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, enters this year’s tournament as the -110 favorite. The next best bets are former French Open champion Simona Halep and World No. 3 Paula Badosa, but with odds of +600 and +1200, respectively, they’re chances are distinctly diminished in comparison.
So too are those of Naomi Osaka, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff, who round out the top five best bets on the tennis odds board.
BetUS French Open Women’s Odds
- Iga Swiatek -110
- Simona Halep +600
- Paula Badosa +1200
- Naomi Osaka +1600
- Maria Sakkari +1800
- Ons Jabeur +1800
- Coco Gauff +1800
- Aryna Sabalenka +2000
- Emma Raducanu +2000
- Belinda Bencic +2000
- Anett Kontaveit +2200
- Jelena Ostapenko +2500
- Garbine Muguruza +3000
- Barbora Krekcikova +3000
- Bianca Andreescu +3000
- Amanda Anisimova +3000
- Victoria Azarenka +3300
- Elena Rybakina +3300
- Karolina Pliskova +4000
- Madison Keys +4000
- Marketa Vondrousova +4000
- Karolina Muchova +4000
- Clara Tauson +4000
- Danielle Collins +4000
- Daria Kasatkina +5000
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +5000
- Marta Kostyuk +6600
- Jessica Pegula +6600
- Ekaterina Alexandrova +8000
- Tamara Zidansek +10000
- Petra Kvitova +10000
- Sofia Kenin +10000
- Sloane Stephens +10000
First Quarter: Swiatek and Pliskova
Swiatek headlines the first quarter alongside No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova. If the draw goes according to seeding, the pair would meet in the quarterfinals. However, Swiatek’s path is littered with stumbling blocks while Pliskova’s form is questionable; thus, the possibility of a surprise quarterfinal matchup in this section can’t be ruled out entirely.
Swiatek’s immediate path features No. 16 seed Simona Halep and/or No.13 seed Jelena Ostapenko. Halep and Ostapenko are former French Open champions who can certainly shake up the draw, so they pose as legitimate threats.
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Halep and Ostapenko are on a collision course in the R32, so Swiatek could face one or the other in the R16. According to the overarching markets though, Halep would be the tougher of the two prospects for the World No. 1 in the R16 opponent. Indeed, a Halep vs Swiatek showdown would be the blockbuster matchup to spot in the women’s game.
Pliskova’s section is wide open with Jessica Pegula seeded 11th, practically leaping off the page as a player to watch. The American surprised many by reaching the Madrid final a few weeks ago (l .to Jabeur).
Others in tnis corner that could benefit include Ekaterina Alexandrova, Marta Kostyuk, Irina-Camelia Begu or Jasmine Paolini, to name a few.
Second Quarter: Badosa and Sabalenka
The second quarter of the draw features Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka, players that can blow hot and cold from tournament to tournament. This makes the second quarter wide open in betting online markets.
Badosa’s clay court preparations began with a quarterfinal appearance in Charleston and a semifinal appearance in Stuttgart, but then things tapered off as she fell out of Madrid and Rome early.
Sabalenka has had mixed results during the clay court swing. She was an early casualty in Charleston and Madrid. In Stuttgart she reached the final and in Rome she reached the semis, but both times she fell to Swiatek.
Whether Badosa and Sabalenka live up to their top billing remains to be seen. They’re not infallible and that will give hope to players such as Veronika Kudermetova, Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Tereza Martincova, Daria Kastakina, Camila Giorgi and Elena Rybakina, to name a few.
Arguably, this section is one of the toughest to predict as it is loaded with players that can raise their level and string together a Cinderella run into the quarters or beyond.
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Third Quarter: Jabeur and Sakkari
Jabeur defeated Sakkari in a lopsided semifinal in Madrid, coming back from a set down to advance into the final. The Tunisian star went on to win the title the following day, clinching her biggest title ahead of the French Open to establish herself as a player to watch in Paris. She further cemented her place in a runner-up finish to Swiatek in Rome.
Jabeur’s section is not straightforward. Petra Kvitova lurks as a potential R32 opponent while Emma Raducanu is a potential R16 challenger. Others that could emerge include Angelique Kerber or Aliaksandra Sasnovich. That said, Jabeur’s form is solid and she should navigate this section to reach the quarterfinals.
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Sakkari is one of the most consistent players on the WTA Tour, reaching deep more often than not. However, when it comes to the big moments and crunch situations, she has a tendency to falter. Case in point: her loss to Jabeur in Madrid.
Sakkari’s section features No.14 seed Belinda Bencic, who could be a R16 opponent. Alternatively, a resurgent Bianca Andreescu or clay-court specialist Katerina Siniakova or French hopeful Kristina Mladenovic or former US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez could arise.
Before Sakkari can look ahead to the R16, though, she could face rising American star Amanda Anisimova, Naomi Osaka in the R32 and Karolina Muhcova in the R64.
The potential for upsets in this section is quite high, especially in Sakkari’s corner. Don’t be surprised if a player other than the Greek reaches the final eight.
Fourth Quarter: Krejcikova and Kontaveit
Barbora Krejcikova returns to tournament play this week, hoping to defend her French Open crown. She hasn’t played in several months, so there are question marks about her match fitness. That said, she’s a wily opponent and her game is well suited to this surface.
Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit flanks the opposite corner and if the draw falls in line with the seeding, this pair will meet in the final eight.
Krejcikova’s section puts her on course with Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.15, in the last 16. However, Swiss Jil Teichmann could emerge at this stage among several others, including France’s Oceane Dodin. Andrea Petkovic.
In the earlier rounds, Krejcikova could face American Sloane Stephens who reached the French Open final in 2018 (l. to Halep).
Kontaveit has played merely two warmup events ahead of the French Open and brings a 2-2 record into Paris. This makes the Estonian vulnerable to an early exit.
Kontaveit’s corner features former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, American Gauff, veteran compatriot Kaia Kanepi and Belgium’s Elise Mertens, to name a few players that could capitalise. As well, Marie Bouzkova, who is a longshot bet but a skilled clay court player.