Kristina Mladenovic shocked world #2 Li Na, and the tennis community, in the first round of the 2014 French Open. Li Na won this year’s ladies Australian Open, and was ousted by underdog Mladenovic. And in a strange turn of events, this year’s men’s Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round as well. In another upset, former number #1 ranked women’s professional Caroline Wozniacki went down along with veteran 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round. #4 seed Simona Halep moved on to the next round of play, and stands as a Vegas odds on favorite during the world’s premier clay-court tennis championship event.
Nadal Goes for 9th French Open in 10 Years
This year’s French Open is the 113th edition, contested at the Stade Roland Garros from May 25 through June 8. Rafael Nadal took the title in 2013, an incredible 8th victory at this event, and stands as the odds on favorite in the men’s division again this year. Last year’s ladies winner was powerful Serena Williams, who is a better than even money favorite to win again. One of the four grand slam tournaments events held by both the men’s ATP and ladies WTA professional tennis leagues, the 2014 French Open is the second grand slam event of the year. Along with the Australian Open, which was already held this year, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, it remains one of the most important professional tennis tournaments held anywhere in the world.
Sharapova, Ivanovic Poised For French Open Victory
Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Agnieszka Radwanska currently stand as favorites to win the women’s championship along with Williams. Joining Nadal as an odds on men’s champions this year are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and David Ferrer. Once you get past the top two or three men’s and women’s favorites, possible 2014 French Open champions begin delivering some very attractive odds. And if the “King of Clay” or Serena Williams slips up, there are plenty of more than competent professionals which can win the singles championship and make for a potentially big payday.
Bryan Brothers 2014 French Open Mens Doubles Favorites
Airing on ESPN, the 2014 French Open also includes doubles matches and other events. Serena Williams is looking very strong entering the tournament, and a victory this year would be her third grand slam win at Roland Garros. The men’s doubles team of Robert and Mike Bryan are currently ranked #1 in the world, and have two previous French Open championships under their belts. Aside from Nadal notching his impressive 8th French Open singles championship last year, he has also won four in a row through 2013. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina were the 2013 French Open women’s doubles title winners, the first grand slam doubles win for each of those ladies.
No Ladies French Open Championship Repeat Since 2007
Only Roger Federer has kept Rafael Nadal away from the championship the past nine years at the French Open. Federer defeated Robin Soderling for the title back in 2009, and is the only men’s winner besides Nadal at the Roland Garros grand slam since 2005. Maria Sharapova won the ladies title in 2012, and since 2007, no WTA ladies French Open champion has been crowned twice. After impressive and startling upsets in just the first round on both the men’s and ladies size, it appears the Vegas odds on French Open 2014 may possibly deliver a middle-of-the-road or underdog champion, allowing for an unforgettable payday with the right wager.