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Darkhorse of the French Open draw can set-up tie with Clijsters

| 26.05.2011

Having brushed aside Coco Vandeweghe in the opening round, Maria Kirilenko has taken her Internationaux de Strasbourg form into Roland Garros.

A quarter-finalist last week, we fancied Kirlienko to have a decent run in the French Open this week and the 150/1 faces two tough matches if the Russian wants to reach the fourth round.

Up first for Kirilenko is Chanelle Scheepers and the two have met twice before with both players sharing a win apiece but we fancy Kirilenko at 2/5 to win.

Scheepers hasn’t got past the second round since a third round appearance in the Australian Open and while this one will be a battle, we fancy Kirilenko to edge it 2-1 at 13/5.

Waiting for Kirilenko in the third round will be the winner of the Kim Clijsters vs Aranxta Rus match.

Kim Clijsters vs Arantxa Rus

It says a lot for the clay form of Clijsters when she is just 1/14 to beat the world number 114.

Rus is the number one ranked Dutch player on the WTA Tour and is 13/2 to beat Clijsters, but the 20-year-old made first round exits in all of her previous five tournaments before the French Open and Clijsters will progress.

Clijsters is 2/9 to win 2-0 and set up a third round tie with Kirilenko.

Ekaterina Makarova vs Johanna Larsson

Larsson stunned Ana Ivanovic in the opening round but the Swede finds herself the 5/4 underdog to beat Makarova.

Makarova is the 4/7 favourite but, like Ivanovic, could find herself on the wrong end of an upset considering Larsson carried her strong clay form from Portugal into Roland Garros.

The two have never met before and other tight match can be expected with punters making a tidy profit if they back Makarva to win 2-1 at 3/1 and Larsson to win 2-1 at 10/3.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.