Tuesday's French Open Betting

May 25 21:17 2010 LorrainePerla Print This Article

Day three at Roland Garros sees more first round action in both the Men's and Women's competitions.

Tuesday's French Open Betting - Tennis Betting Tips

In this article we'll be looking to get some value bets from some of the top named players,Guest Posting so read on for our take on the third day's action.

Men's Tournament:

There are several big named players kicking off their tournament today with Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer looking to start off their challenges with victory. Nadal begins against Frenchman Gianni Mina and is widely expected to win the match in straight sets. Nadal at 1/500 to win the match and 1/16 to win the match without conceding a set. I can see nothing to argue with this and the world number two should see off the world number 655 without issue.

Roddick will play his first match on clay in 2010 against Finnish world number 69 Jarkko Nieminen. Despite withdrawing from the Masters 1000 events in Rome and Madrid, sixth seed Roddick is the favourite to win the match @ 3/10. Nieminen is the outsider at 12/5 to progress to round two with good reason as he has spent a large portion of this season out injured and has lost his one and only match on clay this year. However, as Roddick has not played on clay in 2010 I expect Nieminen to win at least one set, so I suggest splitting your stakes on Roddick to win 3-1 @ 12/5 and 3-2 @ 13/2.

Verdasco and Ferrer were my dark horse picks in my Outright Preview article, how will they get on against Igor Kunitsyn and David Guez in their first round matches? Verdasco is a 1/20 favourite to progress against Kunitsyn, who is available at 8/1. These two players have met once before with the world number nine triumphing in straight sets at the 2008 US Open against Kunitsyn, who is ranked 103 in the world. Verdasco has won three titles on clay this year and has won eighteen of his twenty-three clay matches, while his opponent has won just two of eight matches this year and has lost his only match on clay in Bordeaux. I see this going the way of their last meeting so back Verdasco to win 3-0 @ 4/9.

Ferrer is another player going well on clay this year, having won twenty-seven of thirty-two clay games in 2010, and is a massive favourite to reach the second round at odds of 1/33 compared to 10/1. Guez is ranked 136 in the world and has failed to win any of his four matches on the ATP and has lost six of ten on Challenger Tour. I cannot see him getting anything against a man at the top of his game, so back Ferrer to win 3-0 @ 1/4.

BetRepublic Tennis Betting Odds Recommends:

Back Rafael Nadal to win 3-0 @ 1/16

Split stakes on Andy Roddick to win 3-1 @ 12/5 and 3-2 @ 13/2

Back Fernando Verdasco to win 3-0 @ 4/9

Back David Ferrer to win 3-0 @ 1/4

Women's Tournament:

We'll be focusing on three matches in the women's draw, with all three games featuring former world number one players in Justine Henin, Dinara Safina and Maria Sharapova. Four time French Open champion Justine Henin starts her tournament against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova. The pair have met on three previous occasions, with Henin winning all three matches and dropping just one set in the process.

Henin is the favourite to claim the 2010 ten title and because of this, coupled with her excellent record against Pironkova, she is a massive favourite to win the match at 1/18 . Her opponent can be backed at 7/1 if you fancy an upset. I don't and I feel that Henin will stroll to round two in straight sets. She can be backed at 1/4 to win 2-0 and that's where my money will be.

Former world number one Dinara Safina kicks off her title challenge against Kimiko Date Krumm from Japan. Neither player goes into the match well prepared as Safina has lost three of her four matches on clay this season and suffered first round exits in Rome and Madrid in her last two tournaments, while her opponent retired from Estoril two weeks ago with a calf strain which kept her out of action last week.

Despite her poor form on clay in 2010 Safina is the favourite to win this match at odds of 3/10 compared to 12/5 for the number seventy-two in the world. I would not back Safina at those odds as her form is terrible and I'm going to the first major upset and go with Kimiko Date Krumm to defeat Safina at 12/5 with

Finally we're taking a look at how Maria Sharapova will do in her first round match. She faces the number 110 in the world Ksenia Pervak and she will be a confident mood after winning the Strasbourg Open last weekend.

That was her second ever clay title and she will be looking to carry over that form to the only Grand Slam tournament that she has not won. As a result of her recent form and the fact that Pervak has spent the season playing on the ITF Tour Sharapova is a major favourite to win this game at odds of 1/8 compared to 9/2 for her opponent . I cannot see anything but a straight sets win for Sharapova in this match and being as you can get odds of 2/5 on this eventuality that is where my money will be going.

BetRepublic Tennis Betting Odds Recommends:

Justine Henin to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 2-0 @ 1/4

Kimiko Date Krumm to beat Dinara Safina @ 12/5

Maria Sharapova to defeat Ksenia Pervak 2-0 @ 2/5

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