Iga Swiatek will be aiming to become the first woman to successfully defend her French Open singles title in 15 years when she hits the court later this month at Roland-Garros as a heavy favourite on the women’s tennis futures. Swiatek established herself as a rising star with her unlikely march to victory at last year’s event, and looked in championship form this past weekend while claiming victory at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Over on the men’s side, it remains Rafael Nadal’s tournament to lose. The Spanish veteran returns to Paris perched as a heavy favorite to extend his dominance at Roland-Garros with a fifth straight and 14th career French Open men’s singles title.
CanadianBettingSites has you covered with all the odds and trends as the clock ticks down towards opening round action at the 2021 French Open, which gets underway in Paris at Stade Roland-Garros on Monday, May 24.
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Swiatek Poised to Make it Two in a Row
Swiatek took the tennis world by storm with a breakthrough at last year’s French Open. Unseeded entering the tournament, Swiatek dominated on the way to her maiden singles’ title victory. The 19-year-old Polish native did not lose a single set during last year’s impressive run, which featured victories over No. 14 Marketa Vondrousova in the opening round, top-seeded Simona Halep in the fourth round, and No. 4 Sofia Kenin in the final.
19-y.o. Iga Swiatek wins 2020 French Open with an incredibly dominant run.
Games lost, by round:
R1 vs Vondrousova: 3
R2 vs Hsieh: 5
R3 vs Bouchard: 5
R4 vs Halep: 3
QF vs Trevisan: 4
SF vs Podoroska: 3
F vs Kenin: 5 (6-4, 6-1)
First Polish Slam singles champ ever, and how.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 10, 2020
Currently pegged at No. 9 on the WTA rankings, Swiatek has continued her steady progress this season, raising the hardware in two of her past five tour appearances. However, she has work to do to overcome a disappointing early exit from the Australian Open, where Halep exacted her revenge by knocking off in the Round of 16.
Halep Struggling in 2021
Just three years removed from her lone career victory at Roland-Garros, Halep sits well off the pace on the French Open odds as this year’s tournament approaches. The former top-ranked singles player has yet to earn a tournament win so far this season, with her best finish coming at last month’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was bounced in straight sets in the semi-final by Aryna Sabalenka.
— Phil (@tennis_phil) April 24, 2021
That does not bode well for the 29-year-old Romanian, who has produced mixed results at Roland-Garros, reaching the final on three occasions over the past seven years, but reaching the quarter-final just once in her other nine career appearances.
Sabalenka on the Rise
Despite making an early exit in Rome earlier this month, it is tough to look past Sabalenka at this year’s French Open. The 23-year-old from Minsk has vaulted to No. 3 on the WTA rankings while reaching the finals in two of her past three tournament appearances. Sabalenka followed up her loss to Ashleigh Barty at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a victory over the top-ranked American at the Madrid Open.
Make it Lucky No.13.
Aryna Sabalenka extends her winning streak to 13 after a steady performance to defeat No.19 Elena Rybakina 64 46 63.
Will face either Kenin or Sakkari in the semifinals.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 11, 2021
While her success in Grand Slam events has been limited to doubles competition, she offers intriguing betting value to enjoy a breakthrough this time around. Take Sabalenka to claim her first career Grand Slam title, with a $20 bet at Bodog (9.00) returning a handsome $180.
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There’s Nadal, and Everyone Else
Can anyone knock off Rafael Nadal? That is the question once again this year as the French Open approaches. The men’s singles champion in 13 of the past 16 editions of this tournament, Nadal will once again arrive in Paris towering above his rivals as a massive betting favourite.
📊 Most titles at single ATP Event:
13 – Nadal, Roland Garros 🇫🇷
12 – Nadal, Barcelona 🇪🇸
11 – Nadal, Monte Carlo 🇲🇨
10 – Nadal, Rome 🇮🇹
10 – Federer, Halle 🇩🇪
10 – Federer, Basel 🇨🇭
9 – Djokovic, Aus Open 🇦🇺
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 16, 2021
Following his stellar performance at last month’s Barcelona Open, there is little reason to expect anything other than another dominant run from the 34-year-old. Nadal was on cruise control in Barcelona before receiving a stiff challenge from Steafnos Tsitsipas in the final, requiring a tiebreaker to knock off the rising Greek star.
Tsitsipas Aims to Build on Aussie Open Success
Indeed, Tsitsipas is showing steady signs of his vast potential, reaching the final in three of his past five tournament appearances, including a victory in Monte Carlo last month. The towering 22-year-old has also made steady gains in recent Grand Slam appearances, advancing to the semi-finals at this year’s Australian Open after reaching the semis at Roland-Garros before falling short in a marathon clash with Novak Djokovic.
Cuando te dejas la piel en la pista.
— ATP Tour en Español (@ATPTour_ES) May 16, 2021
Of course, it is tough not to give Djokovic serious consideration at this year’s tournament. The world’s top-ranked player has reached the final in seven of his past 10 Grand Slam appearances, including a trip to the finals at Roland-Garros last year.
Pass on Shapovalov
Canadian sports bettors may also be intrigued by the attractive odds that Toronto’s Denis Shapovalov sports entering this year’s French Open. The 22-year-old impressed while reaching the quarter-finals at last year’s US Open, but has struggled badly since. Shapovalov failed to get past the Round of 16 in each of his past five outings and has never advanced past the second round in four previous appearances at Roland-Garros.
For sports bettors looking to back a rising star, Tsitsipas is an outstanding bet, with a $20 wager on the Athens native at Betway (8.00) returning $160.