2019 French Open Women’s Singles

Tennis player Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)

The 2019 French Open begins on Sunday 26th May at Roland Garros in Paris.  It is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year and all of the big names in women’s tennis will be there other than those who are injured.

The French Open is famous for the red clay surface which some players seem to love.  However, despite there being a dominant player in the men’s draw, the women’s game has not seen a dominant player for many years.

Of those still in action, Serena Williams leads the way with three titles.  You must go back to 2007 to find the last time a player won the French Open back-to-back and that was Justine Henin.  The Belgian won it three times in a row but will the defending champion come out on top in 2019?

Defending Champion

The French Open women’s singles defending champion is Simona Halep.  The Romanian won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros last year, defeating Sloane Stephens in three sets.  It was a natural progression for Halep who was runner-up the year before but fitness problems could be an issue.

She reached the final in Madrid recently but struggled with a hip injury in both Stuttgart and Rome.  However, there is nothing too daunting in her quarter of the draw and Halep can realistically make the final again this year.

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Halep is the favourite to win the 2019 French Open women’s singles at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.

Bertens to Win First Grand Slam?

Halep won her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros last year.  Could Kiki Bertens do the same in 2019?  The Dutch player reached the semi-final in 2016 and enjoyed a good year on clay in 2016.  She won on clay in Madrid this year and became the first player to do so without dropping a set.

Tennis player Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)

Tennis player Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)

It was a commanding performance from Bertens who beat four Grand Slam champions along the way.  Bertens will be feeling hugely confident about her chances going into the event and can be backed at 8/1 with William Hill to win the French Open.

Other Contenders

Naomi Osaka is the current US Open and Australian Open champion.  If she was to succeed at the 2019 French Open, she would be one tournament away from holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, which would be a tremendous achievement.

The Japanese is yet to get beyond the third round at Roland Garros and faces a tricky path through to the final.  There is a potential quarter-final clash with Serena Williams and injuries have taken their toll in recent events.

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One lady is a French Open win away from achieving the career Grand Slam and that’s Angelique Kerber.  However, the German has failed to impress on clay this year and has never progressed beyond the quarter-final at Roland Garros.  Hence the price of 40/1 with 22Bet to be crowned the 2019 French Open women’s singles champion.


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