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Sharapova’s French Open odds slashed following victory in Rome

| 16.05.2011

Maria Sharapova is the biggest mover in the French Open betting following her straight sets victory over Sam Stosur in Rome on Sunday.

The Russian is now just 7/1 to win the French Open with Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka vying for French Open favouritism at 5/1.

Having highlighted Sharapova’s French Open value last week when she was 20/1 before the start of her Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-final with Azarenka, punters are piling on the Russian in a very open French Open betting market.

Since Ana Ivanovic ended Justine Henin’s three-year domination of the French Open in 2008, there have been three different winners and only one of those winners currently features in the world’s top ten.

World number five Francesca Schiavone is 20/1 to defend her French Open title this year, but the Italian has been in awful form this season on the clay courts and doesn’t look like mounting much of a challenge.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki is yet to win a Grand Slam but has reached two finals in four clay court tournaments this season and has to be respected while Victoria Azarenka has been the form player of the women’s tour this year.

Sharapova had to beat both Wozniacki and Azarenka en route to lifting the title in Rome last week, and it’s these two victories that make her so French Open odds so enticing.

Kim Clijsters (10/1 to win the French Open) may have dominated the last two Grand Slam tournaments, but the world number two is yet to play a clay court tournament this season and injury may yet keep her out of the 2011 French Open.

The women’s draw is wide open and punters should be scouring the market for value.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.