2016 Women’s French Open PicksNoah Williams
The French Open kicks off this Sunday, May 22, at Roland-Garris, Paris, France. On the women’s side, the brilliant Serena Williams goes in as a big 9 to 4 favorite. Although her odds make her the favorite, she’s not as big of a fave as men’s choice Novak Djokovic at below even money.
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Is Serena vulnerable to go down on the clay in the 2 week French Open Tournament? Keep reading for more information on Serena’s chances along with my smart pick and longshot pick to win the Women’s French Open Championship.
A Closer Look At My 2016 Women’s French Open Picks
What: Roland Garros
When: May 16 – June 5, 2016
Start Time: 6:00 AM
Where: Paris, France
Stadium: Stade Roland Garros
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Favorite To Win The 2016 French Open: Serena Williams 9/4
Serena’s record of 18 and 3 in singles isn’t bad at all. She’s won only one singles title this year, though. That could be the reason why the French Open odds makers are somewhat chilly on the Sports Illustrated 2015 Sports Person of the Year. Serena hasn’t shown the same dominance in 2016 that she showed in 2015. No matter. She’s still the best woman tennis player on the planet. She’ll be looking for her fourth French Open title in 2016 after winning it in 2002, 2013 and last year. 9/4 odds might be a gift.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2016 French Open: Simona Halep 8/1
The #6 ranked player in the world, Simona Halep has had an eventful 2016. Her record is at 16 and 10 already signaling that she hasn’t as of yet played her best tennis. Perhaps, she’s waiting for the French Open before playing her best? Halep made it all the way to the French Open Finals in 2014. She has the ability to win the entire tournament. The question is going to be whether or not her shocking defeat in Rome at the Italian Open in her last was a sign that her game has fallen off some or whether it was a signal that she’s saving her best for Roland-Garris. At 8 to 1 odds, I’m willing to be positive.
The Longshot To Win The 2016 French Open: Angelique Kerber 14/1
Although the best that Angelique Kerber has ever done at the French Open is reach the quarterfinals in 2012, she still figures as one of the top choices in 2016. Kerber has already won 2 singles championships in 2016. She’s banked over $3 million. Her record in singles play is 26 and 8. She’s arguably playing the best tennis of her career. It’s going to be interesting to see what she does that first week at Roland Garris. I think she’s got a big shot to take home the trophy.