When it comes to the women’s WTA Tour portion of the 2018 French Open, there are definitely more questions looming than there are on the men’s side where everyone will be trying to beat the King of Clay, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

When it comes to the women’s portion of the 2018 French Open, there are questions galore. Will reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko repeat her stunning victory from a year ago? Can three-time winner Serena Williams regain her form after recently announcing she’s ready to resume her return to tennis after taking some time off to work on her game some more recently?

Will there be another first-time winner or will someone like 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza or two-time winner Maria Sharapova find themselves hoisting this year’s championship trophy?

If you’ve got questions, then I’ve got answers thanks to my expert WTA preview of the 2018 French Open.


Event Information

What: Championnats Internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland-Garros
Founded: 1891; 127 years ago
Editions: 122 (2018)
Location: Paris, XVIe, France
Venue: Stade Roland Garros (since 1928)
Surface: Clay – outdoors
Prize money: €39,197,000

Broadcasters

USA: NBC Sports and Tennis Channel
France: FranceTvSport, Eurosport
Europe (All territories): Eurosport
Canada: RDS and TSN
Latin-America: ESPN

Women’s

Draw: 128S / 96Q / 64D
Current champions: Jeļena Ostapenko (singles) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Lucie Šafářová (doubles)
Most singles titles: 7 Chris Evert
Most doubles titles: 7 Martina Navratilova


Odds to win 2018 Women’s French Open

Elina Svitolina 11/2
Simona Halep 11/2
Jelena Ostapenko 12/1
Maria Sharapova 12/1
Garbine Muguruza 14/1
Serena Williams 14/1
Daria Kasatkina 18/1
Karolina Pliskova 18/1
Petra Kvitova 18/1
Caroline Wozniacki 22/1
Angelique Kerber 25/1
Kiki Bertens 25/1
Caroline Garcia 28/1
N Osaka 33/1
Victoria Azarenka 33/1
A Kontaveit 40/1
J Goerges 40/1
Johanna Konta 40/1
Sloane Stephens 40/1
Carla Suarez Navarro 50/1
E Mertens 50/1
Kristina Mladenovic 50/1
Madison Keys 50/1
Venus Williams 50/1

Elina Svitolina

The world No. 4 won the Italian Open for the second consecutive year a couple of weeks ago, so she’s in good form coming into the French. The 23-year-old from Ukraine is a blistering 25-6 on the year with three titles already and she’s reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in two of the last three years.

WTA French Open Preview Elina Svitolina

Simona Halep

The top-ranked female player in the world may still look to win her first grand slam title, but she’s performed quite well at the French Open by reaching two finals at Roland Garros, including last year. Halep is an impressive 28-6 on the year with one title but she did just reach the final in Rome – before getting smoked by Svitolina 6-0, 6-4.

WTA French Open Preview Simona Halep

Jelena Ostapenko

Now ranked sixth in the world, 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko blew away the field en route to the 2017 French Open title a year ago. While she has been a fixture in the top 10 ever since then, she’s also been super inconsistent this year, having gone 12-11 so far with no titles. Ostapenko did, however, reach the semis at the Italian Open where she fell to Maria Sharapova in a thrilling three-setter. The hard-hitting Latvian will have to overcome the fact that there hasn’t been a back-to-back winner at the French since former Belgian superstar Justine Henin pulled off the feat back in 2006-07.

WTA French Open Preview Jelena Ostapenko

Maria Sharapova

Now ranked 29th in the world, Sharapova is starting to make her move up the world rankings and has risen 11 spots by reaching the semifinals in Rome before falling to Halep in three sets. The 2012 and 2014 French Open winner looks like she’ll have a chance – as long as she doesn’t run into Serena Williams.

WTA French Open Preview Maria Sharapova

Garbine Muguruza

The World No. 3 is struggling to regain her confidence and will head into the French with a modest 15-9 record this year. Muguruza was most recently on the wrong end of a memorable comeback by Daria Gavrilova in the Round of 16 at the Italian Open. Still, she did win the French Open in 2016 and that means she could potentially find her form and beat everyone again.

WTA French Open Preview Garbine Muguruza


My Pick: Petra Kvitova

I’m going with World No. 8 Petra Kvitova to upset all of the higher favorites on the board this year. The left-handed Czech Republic superstar is an insane 30-6 on the year with four titles. Kvitova won back-to-back titles at Prague and Madrid in May and is a multiple grand slam winner so she knows how to handle the pressure that comes with trying to win a major.

WTA French Open Preview Petra Kvitova


The Rest of the Field

Coco Vandeweghe 66/1
Marketa Vondrousova 66/1
Svetlana Kuznetsova 66/1
A Pavlyuchenkova 80/1
Agnieszka Radwanska 80/1
Dominika Cibulkova 80/1
Lucie Safarova 80/1
Sam Stosur 80/1
Belinda Bencic 100/1
Daria Gavrilova 100/1
Ekaterina Makarova 100/1
Timea Bacsinszky 100/1
Alize Cornet 150/1
Elena Vesnina 150/1
Eugenie Bouchard 150/1
Irina-Camelia Begu 150/1
Monica Puig 150/1
Yulia Putintseva 150/1
Ana Konjuh 175/1
Barbora Strycova 175/1
Lesia Tsurenko 175/1
Sorana Cirstea 175/1
Camila Giorgi 200/1s
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 200/1
Sara Errani 200/1
Timea Babos 200/1
Donna Vekic 225/1
Andrea Petkovic 250/1
Shuai Zhang 300/1
Christina McHale 350/1
Pauline Parmentier 350/1
Heather Watson 500/1


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