Upsets have been the theme all over the women’s bracket in French Open betting action, and a pair of double digit seeds are going to have it at on Tuesday afternoon on the clay courts of Roland Garros, as No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova takes on No. 11 Marion Bartoli.
Always a bridesmaid, but so rarely a bride. That’s been the theme for Kuznetsova in her career. Yes, she does have two Grand Slam titles in her career, and yes, one of those did come here at the French Open back in 2009. However, this is the fifth time that she has made it at least to the quarterfinals, and the seventh in which she has at least made it to the fourth round. The good news for the girl they call Kuzy thus far in this tournament is that she has dodged what really could have been a brutal bracket, and many think that she has had one of the easiest roads to make to the quarterfinals of any player on either side of the draw. Kuznetsova barely broke a sweat in three matches against Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina Camelia Begu and Rebecca Marino, conceding just 11 games in six sets against these three. The match that she had against Daniela Hantuchova was her first against a ranked opponent in this event, and it was the first in which she was forced to three sets. Still, the Russia easily made it through this fourth round tussle 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2.
Bartoli has been on the WTA Tour since 2001, and this is her 11th French Open appearance. Her claim to fame was being the runner up at Wimbledon in 2007, and she was largely considered an up and comer at that point. Now, at 26 years old, Bartoli is at the top of her game, ranked No. 11 in the world, and is playing in her first quarterfinals here at the French Open. You know that she is going to be the crowd favorite in this match, as there aren’t a heck of a lot of French players on either of the draw that are still alive. There hasn’t been an easy match in the bunch here for Bartoli in spite of the fact that there has only been one ranked opponent in the mix. The win over Gisela Dulko came after a 7-5 first set victory in the fourth round, as the Argentine retired due to injury. The best match of the bunch came on Court Philippe Chatrier in the third round, a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 17 Julia Goerges. Serving has been a real problem, and it could come back to bite Bartoli in the behind again in this French Open betting war. She is only converting on roughly 37 percent of his second service points, and she hasn’t had a match with even 75 percent of her first serves in.
This is easily the biggest match of Bartoli’s career, save for the Wimbledon finale. Still, she isn’t worth the upset price even though she has the crowd on her side. This is the Russian’s match to lose, and she should make it into the semis with ease. Go with Kuznetsova -245 for the easy, straight sets victory.
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