French Open Exclusive: Contenders for the Title

Published June 3, 2014 by OCR Editor

Rafa Nadal still in contention to make it nine French Open wins.

When we get to the French Open we feel that if summer is not quite here then spring has certainly sprung. There is also something deeply romantic about the red clay in Paris. The tennis action also happens to be pretty intense.

The Fallen

This year's French Open Championship has certainly thrown up its fair share of surprises. We had the unusual situation in the very first round when both champions of the first Grand Slam in Australia were eliminated. Li Na, the women's champion and Stanislas Wrawinka the men's, were bundled out of the tournament at the first hurdle; the first time that had opened in open era history. The first week also saw the exit of the two Williams sister on the same day; World No. 1 Serena going down to a heavy 6-2, 6-2 two-set defeat and Venus lost in three, closely fought sets. Serena Williams has, however,  suffered defeat at the French Open before and come streaking back to remain almost undefeated until the end of the season, including the Wimbledon title.

In the men's draw, most of the big guns remain, including Rafa Nadal, the No. 1 seed and eight-time champion. Roger Federer the 2009 Champion (when Nadal was absent with injury) was beaten in five tight sets by rising Latvian star Ernests Gulbis. Federer's proud record of nine-consecutive French Open quarter-finals has finally come to an end.

Who Will Win?

Both the women's and men's championship are very tough to call in terms of who will win. In the women's draw, Maria Sharapova the 2012 French Open champion is the second highest seed at No.7, after Simona Halep the No.4 seed from Romania - and the two of them could be potential final opponents. Svetlana Kuznetzova the 2009 champion is also still in the draw.

In the men's championship it's even trickier to pick a winner. Novak Djokovic the World No.2 and seeded 2, has displayed frighteningly consistent tennis and is also healthy. With Rafa Nadal, the King of the Paris clay  still in the draw it's hard to discount the World No.1 and No.1 seed, but it remains to be seen how his back holds up - especially when put under more pressure than he has faced up to this point in the tournament. Andy Murray, the current Wimbledon champion is seeded only 7 after an injury-disrupted 2013. He has shown with this two grand-slam wins that he has shaken off one of the criticisms of his early career, of lacking the temperament for the biggest stage - and he cannot be discounted.

Betting

As one might imagine the betting on who will even make the finals, let alone win, ensures that for the punter there are many permutations to take into account. If you want to get more into the action, bet at popular sports books such as bet365 Sports or Winner Sports.

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