Simona Halep is favored at the 2019 French Open even though she is not the top seed. In fact, the top seed for the 2019 French Open women’s singles tournament is Naomi Osaka. Halep is the third seed behind Osaka and Karolina Pliskova. Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, and Petra Kvitova follow. Sloane Stephens, Ashleigh Barty and Elina Svitolina rank seven through nine. Compared to past years Serena Williams has slipped to tenth. Even with the drop, Williams is still a draw for Tennis betting odds. The French Open will run May 26 through June 9, 2019.
2019 French Open Women’s Singles Championship Odds
Simona Halep opened as a +350 favorite with the Tennis betting odds to win the French Open. Second choice is Serena Williams at +800. Kiki Bertens is at +900 with Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza at +1000. Next are Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka at +1200. Czechs Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova are +1400. Completing top choices are Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu at +1600.
Stade Roland Garros
Extending the sports betting appeal of the French Open is Roland Garros. Few venues are more iconic anywhere in the world of sports. Roland Garros is named after a pioneering French Aviator. Garros was also a war hero that was shot down in October of 2018. It was built in 1928 in conjunction with France defending its Davis Cup title. Naturally Roland Garros is best known for its clay court. Clay offers a greater variable than other surfaces. Now Court Phillippe Chatrier remains the principal venue. It seats 14,840 and is mostly rebuilt for modernization in 2019.
French Open Women’s Singles Tournament History and Past Champions
Last year saw Simona Halep beat the Tennis betting odds for her first ever French Open title. Of course, the great Chris Evert is the All-Time French Open champion with seven titles. There has not been a repeat women’s champion at Roland Garros since Justine Henin won three in a row from 2005 through 2007. Late on winners include Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 and Garbine Muguruza in 2016. Serena Williams was the winner in 2015 and 2013 with Maria Sharapova winning in 2014.
At the age of 37 Serena Williams is winding down her remarkable career. Due to her past success and powerful name brand she remains a gambling favorite. So too does Williams offer less value than in the past. Public money flows to her name without the slightest recognition to her decline in production. Williams got eliminated in the round of 32 in March. More emphatically Williams last major victory was the 2017 Australian Open. Additionally, she lost the final of the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open Tournaments.
Compared to Serena Williams, Simona Halep is still a virtually unknown player. Her win in the 2018 French Open was the first and only Grand Slam title of her career. Last time out for Halep was a loss in the final to Kiki Bertens at Madrid on May 4.
Naomi Osaka proved how competitive and good she is at 2018 US Open. She followed that up with a win at the 2019 Australian Open. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her first as a result of her emergence.