Simona Halep v Iga Swiatek: Both players to win a set (Yes) – 15/8
Last year’s champion takes on one of the WTA Tour’s hottest prospects in the 18-year-old Pole Swiatek. We reckon this match could be a lot closer than people might think.
Swiatek has going about her business quietly, winning 3 ITF titles on clay in 2018 and reaching the final in a WTA event in April. She has easily progressed through the early stages in Paris, dishing out a bagel in the first two rounds and could well keep things tight against Halep too.
The former world no.1, breezed through the third round against an injured Lesia Tsurenko, but dropped a set in each of the first two rounds to much weaker opponents. As long as Swiatek isn’t overawed against Halep, we think she’ll keep it close and at least take a set off the leading player in the rankings.
Fabio Fognini v Alexander Zverev: Zverev to win – 10/11
This will be the fourth meeting between these two players and currently the head-to-head is 2-1 in Zverev’s favour.
The most recent meeting was in Monte Carlo when Fognini won on the way to claiming his first Masters 1000 title. Zverev who is 10 years younger than Fognini, has three Masters wins already to his name. Zverev started the season off very poorly due to off-court issues but has slowly come back to form – winning the warm-up event in Geneva and making his way through the early rounds here.
While Fognini has probably had the tougher draw so far, we believe too much is being made of his supposed great season where he and Zverev have almost identical winning records. This match could go the distance, but there’s definite value in backing the young German here at 10/11.
* All odds correct at time of posting.