Kim Clijsters’ shock defeat in the second round of the French Open yesterday has Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova jumping for joy.
Clijsters entered the French Open without playing a clay court match this season and her lack of match practice told with defeat to Arantxa Rus.
The French Open betting has been shaken up as a result and Azarenka and Sharapova are the big beneficiaries as they were drawn in the same half as the world number two.
Azarenka is now the outright favourite at 7/2 but Sharapova avoids a quarter-final match-up with Clijsters and the Russian looks the better bet at 4/1.
Both Azarenka and Sharapova look on course for the semi-final with strong victories in their first two rounds, and with the form that these two are boasting at the moment, the winner looks certain to come from their half of the draw.
Roberta Vinci stands in the way of Azarenka and a quarter-final spot and the world number four is a 1/12 favourite to defeat the Italian when they meet on Saturday.
The only time the two have met previously was in the 2009 French Open and Azarenka ran out a comfortable straight sets winner leaving the 1/4 for Azarenka to win 2-0 looking a strong bet.
Sharapova meets Yung Jun Chan in her third round match and the world number 129 is aplayer Sharapova knows well having met her twice.
On both occasions the Russian won in straight sets and the world number 8 is 1/25 to beat the 21-year-old from Taiwan.
A straight sets victory for Sharapova is priced at 1/6 and it’s difficult to see her opponent halting her seven-match winning streak.
Petra Kvitova was the big mover from the other half of the draw and the Czech star is 6/1 to lift the French Open trophy with Caroline Wozniacki 13/2.
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