French Open 2018 women's contenders latest odds and form: Top 10 title favourites for the French Open

Andrew Hendrie in French Open 12 May 2018
  • Latest odds and form for the 2018 French Open
  • Simona Halep the early favourite
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Another typically wide-open women’s Grand Slam field awaits at the 2018 French Open - read on below for all the latest odds and form lines on the top 10 favourites!

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Odds are correct at time of publishing (on 12/5/18 at 4.00am BST) and are subject to change.

1. Simona Halep - 11/2


Best French Open Result - Runner-up: 2014 (lost to Sharapova), 2017 (lost to Ostapenko)

2017 French Open Result - Runner-up (lost to Ostapenko)

Best 2018 Result so far - Shenzhen champion (beat Siniakova), Australian Open runner-up (lost to Wozniacki)

Halep has endured her fair share of heartbreak when it comes to Grand Slams - none more so than at the French Open, where she’s lost two three-set finals against Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko, the most recent of which last year when the Romanian blew a 6-4 3-0 lead against a first-time major finalist. Halep didn’t let the disappointment bother her though, claiming the No. 1 ranking for the first time at the end of 2017 and reclaiming it again this season after briefly relinquishing top spot to Caroline Wozniacki after the Australian Open. Clay is Halep’s best surface and the French Open is her best chance to win a major - and she’s favourite to snap her drought in Paris this year, although the World No. 1 didn't have the most ideal start to her clay swing, suffering a 6-4 6-1 loss to CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarter-finals of Stuttgart, while she also lost at the same stage of Madrid, where as the two-time defending champion she went out to an on-fire Karolina Pliskova.

2. Serena Williams - 7/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2002, 2013, 2015

2017 French Open Result - Didn’t play

Best 2018 Result so far - Indian Wells third round (lost to Venus)

Serena has only played two competitive tournaments since winning the Australian Open title in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped her from being the second favourite with the bookies for the 2018 French Open. Attempting to break the record for the most Grand Slam titles won before retiring, Serena - who gave birth to her first child in September last year - played her first singles match in 14 months at Indian Wells earlier in 2018, losing to sister Venus in straight sets, while she was knocked out in the first round of Miami. It’s clear Serena still has a way to go, and her participation at the French Open is now under extreme doubt after she pulled out of Rome earlier this week. 

3. Garbine Muguruza - 8/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2016 (beat Serena Williams)

2017 French Open result - Round of 16 (lost to Mladenovic)

Best 2018 Result so far - Monterrey champion (beat Babos)

Muguruza famously broke through for her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2016, taking out Serena Williams in straight sets in the final as she emphatically announced herself as a star of the present, as well as the future. Muguruza has been a streaky player since then, going long periods without making an impact, but she can turn it on at any given time - like Wimbledon last year, when she beat Venus Williams to win her second major. The Spaniard is easily one of the most dangerous players on tour, and if she’s playing her best in Paris, Muguruza is arguably THE player to beat. Muguruza also didn't have a great start to the clay season, retiring in her first match in Stuttgart against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while she once again failed to make it far in Madrid, falling to Daria Kasatkina in the Round of 16.

4. Elina Svitolina - 9/1


Best French Open Result - Quarter-final 2015 (lost to Ivanovic), 2017 (lost to Halep)

2017 French Open Result - Quarter-final (lost to Halep)

Best 2018 Result so far - Brisbane champion (beat Sasnovich), Dubai champion (beat Kasatkina)

Svitolina came into the 2017 French Open as arguably the hottest player on tour, having previously captured the title in Rome. She sailed into the quarter-finals and found herself 6-3 5-1 up over Simona Halep. But the Ukrainian would suffer a dramatic collapse, blowing that lead and a match point as Halep came back to take the second set in a tiebreak before dropping a bagel on Svitolina in the decider. Svitolina didn’t go away after that match though, hitting a career-high of No. 3 later in 2017, while she’s already picked up two Premier titles in 2018 - although she has never made it past the quarter-finals of a major. Svitolina has drifted slightly after Stuttgart after going down in three sets in the quarter-finals to Caroline Garcia, and she didn't make an impact in Madrid either, losing to Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.

5. Jelena Ostapenko - 12/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2017

2017 French Open Result - Champion (beat Halep)

Best 2018 Result so far - Miami Open runner-up (lost to Stephens)

In one of the biggest shocks in Grand Slam history, a 20-year-old Ostapenko stunned Simona Halep in the 2017 French Open final, coming back from 4-6 0-3 down to fire 54 winners past the Romanian to win her first Grand Slam title in stunning circumstances. The Latvian became the first unseeded player to claim the Roland Garros crown since 1933, and Ostapenko has continued to establish herself as a top 10 player since, qualifying for the WTA Finals Singapore at the end of 2017 and making the Premier Mandatory Miami Open final in March. No doubt Ostapenko will feel the pressure of defending a slam for the first time, but if she can weather the storm through the early rounds, we know (and more importantly, she knows) she has the game to beat anyone. Ostapenko was solid in her first outing on European clay, making the Stuttgart quarter-finals before losing a tight three-setter to eventual champion Karolina Pliskova, but she couldn't build on that form in her next tournament, bombing out of the Madrid opening round to Irina-Camelia Begu.

6. Maria Sharapova - 12/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2012, 2014

2017 French Open Result - Didn’t play

Best 2018 Result so far - Shenzhen semi-finals (lost to Siniakova)

Ever since returning from a 15-month doping back in April last year, Sharapova has struggled to consistently hit the sort of form that saw her win two French Opens and five major titles before her suspension. A series of injury problems have also sent Sharapova onto the sidelines at various times over the last 12 months, most recently at the Miami Open, where she was forced to withdraw with a forearm injury. Sharapova can still beat the best players in the world on her day, but winning seven matches on clay in such a competitive field is a big ask for the Russian at the moment. Sharapova remains a 12/1 favourite despite dropping out of the top 50 after bowing out of Stuttgart in the first round to Caroline Garcia, but the Russian got back on track with a solid quarter-final finish in Madrid, going down in a tight three-setter to Kiki Bertens.

7. Daria Kasatkina - 12/1


Best French Open Result - Third round 2016 (lost to Bertens), 2017 (lost to Halep)

2017 French Open Result - Third round (lost to Halep)

Best 2018 Result so far - Dubai runner-up (lost to Svitolina), Indian Wells runner-up (lost to Osaka)

Kasatkina has surged into the leading contenders for the French Open courtesy of a spectacular last six months or so on tour, where she’s beaten all four current Grand Slam champions and made big finals in Dubai and Indian Wells. The Russian, who’s still just 20 years of age, won her first career title on the green clay of Charleston last year and has added another layer of aggression to her game in 2018 - not too dissimilar to what Svitolina did last year. Kasatkina will have to drastically improve on her results at the majors to go deep at the French Open though - she’s yet to make it past the R16 and has only gone beyond the third round once. The youngster also crashed out early in Stuttgart and Prague, losing in the first round to Magdalena Rybarikova and Jasmine Paolini respectively, but Kasatkina was much better in Madrid, taking out Sorana Cirstea and Garbine Muguruza before a heavy loss to Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals.

8. Karolina Pliskova - 16/1


Best French Open Result - Semi-finals: 2017 (lost to Halep)

2017 French Open Result - Semi-finals (lost to Halep)

Best 2018 Result so far - Stuttgart champion (beat Vandeweghe)

It was a very average start to the season from former World No. 1 Pliskova, but last year's French Open semi-finalist has been rapidly improving on clay over the last two years, and with eight of the world's top 10 players competing in Stuttgart to launch their clay campaigns, it was the Czech who was the last woman standing. Pliskova took out reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko before ending the dream run of CoCo Vandeweghe in the final to secure her first title of 2018. The 26-year-old continued her spectacular form into Madrid, conquering the likes of Sloane Stephens and World No. 1 Simona Halep on her way to the semi-finals, but she couldn't make it past in-form compatriot Petra Kvitova, falling in straight sets. Pliskova was one set away from the French Open final last year and has claimed the first big clay title of the season - don't discount the Czech from picking up a maiden Grand Slam title in Paris...

9. Angelique Kerber - 16/1


Best French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2012 (lost to Errani)

2017 French Open Result - First round (lost to Makarova)

Best 2018 Result so far - Sydney champion (beat Barty)

Clay has never been Kerber’s best surface - and that’s illustrated through the German’s past results at Roland Garros. The former World No. 1 has only made the quarter-finals once in 10 previous visits, while she’s lost in the first round in her last two appearances. Kerber has however found a resurgence in form over the first quarter of 2018, swiftly regaining her spot inside the top 10 after a number of consistent performances, including winning Sydney and making the Australian Open semi-finals. Kerber should be able to win some matches in Paris this time, but she’s probably not near the very top of the list when it comes to title contenders. Kerber avenged a Fed Cup loss to Petra Kvitova in the opening round of Stuttgart, but she was forced to retire in her next match while trailing Anett Kontaveit by a set and subsequently pulled out of Madrid.

10. Caroline Wozniacki - 16/1


Best French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2010 (lost to Schiavone), 2017 (lost to Ostapenko)

2017 French Open Result - Quarter-final (lost to Ostapenko)

Best 2018 Result so far - Australian Open champion (beat Halep)

After enjoying a dream January in which she won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and regained the No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years, Wozniacki’s level has dipped quite a bit, with the Dane winning just two matches at Indian Wells and Miami combined. Wozniacki also doesn’t have the greatest record at Roland Garros, reaching just two quarter-finals in 10 appearances, while before last year, she hadn’t been past the second round since 2012. Will need to raise her level in the lead-in events to be counted among the leading contenders for the title. Wozniacki was another of the top 10 favourites who had to retire in her first clay tournament of 2018, pulling the pin while at a set apiece with eventual Istanbul champion Pauline Parmentier in the quarter-finals, while she couldn't conjure up much form in Madrid, losing in the Round of 16 to Kiki Bertens.




Odds are correct at time of publishing (on 12/5/18 at 4.00am BST) and are subject to change.


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