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French Open Tennis: Saturday 6th June
This year’s Grand Slam at Roland Garros has been a truly remarkable and the weekend’s final matches are set to bring a dramatic climax to the event.
On Saturday, it’s the turn of Serena Williams and Lucie Safarova to do battle for the Women’s prize in Paris. Will the No.1 seed complete a memorable fortnight at Roland Garros or can the Czech Republican underdog cause an upset?
Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling final. Bring it on.
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Williams Bidding For Grand Slam 20
The younger Williams sister has had to battle illness as well as a string of testing opponents en route to the final but the 19-time Grand Slam winner has looked more than able as she closes in on a third singles title at Roland Garros.
Serena last won this title in 2013 and you get the feeling that this would be extra special due to the sickness she’s had to plough through. She will be confident too after beating Safarova in each of the previous eight head-to-head meetings.
On her day, the American World No.1 is by far the best player on the WTA and if she plays to her absolute best then there is no reason she can’t blow Safarova out of the water. However, Williams will be wary of losing the first set again after doing that in four of her six matches so far.
Whatever happens, we will see history made. There’s a strong chance it will be thanks to the landmark 20th singles Grand Slam.
Can Safarova Defy Odds?
If the No.13 does manage to claim a shock win in Saturday’s final then nobody could argue that she doesn’t deserve the crown. Safarova has been absolutely sensational in Paris, winning all 12 sets that she’s contested.
Furthermore, she’s had to beat top opposition to reach this stage. The 28-year-old has knocked out defending champ Maria Sharapova, as well as Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki to reach the her first ever Grand Slam final. Beating the World No.1 to lift the crown would provide the icing on the most delicious of cakes.
Despite this being her first final, Safarova has been in and around the latter stages of big events for some time and she should have no fear. If Williams is still suffering from illness, then she could be there for the taking.
It will take a number of factors to go Safarova’s way if she’s to end her voodoo against the younger Williams sister. It is possible, though. Her biggest danger is being overawed by the occasion. If she avoid that then we should be in for a cracking final.
French Open Tennis Women’s Singles Final: Serena Williams V Lucie Safarova Betting Tips
Unsurprisingly, the No.1 seed enters as heavy favourite to lift a third French Open title and she is priced just 1/3 to get the job done with Bet365. Those who fancy an upset can back Safarova at 12/5.
From the perspective of a tennis fan, we hope the Czech starlet brings her best. However, there are so many things that could potentially disrupt her that we’re just not confident she will.
The heart says this will be a three-set thriller, but the brain says Williams has got to win with ease, especially after her two dominant displays on clay in previous meetings.
[quote_center]Tip: Serena Williams to win 2-0 @ Evens with William Hill[/quote_center]
We wrongly predicted this in the semi-final but we’re backing Serena to underline her intentions by starting like a train against Safarova.
Safarova should pick up at least a couple of games but we picture the dominant favourite enjoying a degree of comfort in set 1 and are seeking value accordingly.
[quote_center]Tip: Set 1 score; Serena Williams to win 6-3 @ 5/1 with Bet365[/quote_center]