3 ways to profit from the French Open women’s final


Then there were two. It all boils down to Serena Williams and Lucie Safarova facing off on the famous red clay of Roland Garros to see who will be crowned as the 2015 French Open champion.

Deadly accurate predictions are impossible, but having digested much of the televised action and consulted the stats, it would be remiss here at news.ladbrokes not to offer punters a few well-aimed tips.

A 10-0 career head-to-head advantage for Serena, chasing a 20th Grand Slam title no less, is all the evidence some will require to lump on the 3/10 favourite, over the 5/2 underdog.

Indeed, the legend of the women’s game is two from two in French Open finals too, but having made it to her first Slam final without conceding a set, whilst dethroning the reigning champion in the process, respect must be paid to Safarova.

Here are three alternative bets which could pay dividends:

Exactly 3 sets @ 7/4

Although the aforementioned head-to-head record is totally one sided, it belies the fact Safarova has been getting closer to the American in recent collisions.

Their Hopman Cup clash in January required two tie-breaks in a three-set classic, following another maximum distance tussle in Beijing in the latter part of 2014.

Safarova to win the first set 6-4 @ 8/1

The prevalence of this scoreline in sets is astonishing in recent editions of the women’s showpiece in Paris, showing up at least once in six of the past seven, while accounting for four out of the last five contested over the past two seasons.

Serena has proved vulnerable early on during a tournament she has failed to dominate, losing four opening sets.

Will there be a tiebreak in the match: Yes @ 9/4

Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep needed a tiebreak to separate them in last year’s second set and this has also occurred in three of the last five finals.

Given their last clash produced two, there is more than an inkling a 7-6 will appear in the books.

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Christian Crowther

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