After some blistering performances in the last eight just for players remain in the women’s tournament. There’s the mouthwatering prospect of two of the world’s best players facing off, and a repeat of last year’s US Open final in an all-American affair.
Keep reading for your betting guide to the French Open women’s semi-finals.
Top seed can continue bid for first Grand Slam title
Coming into this tournament there were plenty of reasons to oppose 2016 champion Garbina Muguruza. The third seed hadn’t been in great form coming into the tournament, but she seems to know how to prepare for a Grand Slam and has blown away all her opponents so far, winning each match in straight sets and losing just 20 games over the course of the tournament.
We tipped the former champ to get the better of Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final and she was superb, obliterating the Russian 6-2 6-1 in just 67 minutes. Her reward for this win is a match against the world number 1, Simona Halep.
The Romanian would be a popular winner after coming close in 2014 and 2017 and she came through a tough quarter-final match against number 12 seed Angelique Kerber. Halep eventually won 6-2 in the deciding set and this promises to be a brilliant last-four match.
After her win, the top seed said: “”It’s always a tough match when I play against her. After the first set I just stayed strong and didn’t give up. I missed a lot in the beginning. I tried to do too much. I changed the tactics a bit and it worked.”
Muguruza has won four of the previous five meetings between the pair, but their only match on clay was the one in which Halep triumphed, although that was three years ago. The world number one can be backed at 19/20 but we fancy the Spaniard’s chances at 3/4.
There’s a repeat of last year’s US Open in the bottom half of the draw as Madison Keys takes on Sloane Stephens. We tipped both these players to come through awkward quarter-finals, and now the two Americans will go head to head for the third time, with Stephens having prevailed in their two previous meetings.
It’s the first time that two American women have gone this deep at the French Open in 16 years and the pair will need to get over their close friendship when they meet on Thursday.
Stephens said: “When it’s time to go to the court and compete, we do just that and I think we can leave it all out there and then be friends again and not let it affect our relationship.
“Playing week to week and being out here to find someone who you can actually talk to even on your worst days, I think that’s the meaning of real friendship. To have someone on the tour like that is pretty special.”
Keys is the form player having reached the last eight of three consecutive Slams, although this is by some distance her best performance on the Paris clay. The fourth round at Roland Garros was Stephens’ previous best and so the number 10 seed is also enjoying her best visit to this event.
This could be a really close contest but other than a tough three-setter against Camila Giorgi, Stephens has absolutely breezed into the last four. We fancy the US Open champion to win at 1/2.
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