Venus Williams vs. Timea Bacsinszky Betting Preview
Where: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
When: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 9:00 AM ET
TV Broadcast: Tennis Channel / NBC
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Betting on Venus Williams (+110)
Venus Williams has been on some kind of role in this year’s French Open. The World No. 12 has stormed through the first three rounds, winning all three of those matches in straight sets. Her last two victories over Kurumi Nara and Elise Mertens were particularly dominant, as she took both by the same score – 6-3, 6-1.
Venus’ service game wasn’t outstanding against Mertens. She only put 54 percent of her first serves in play, although she won 86 percent of those first serve points. However, her return game was right on point for the second match in a row. She won an impressive 57 percent of return points, and broke Mertens’ serve six times. She had won 59 percent of return points against Nara, and won five break points.
Williams has not reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros since 2006, easily her longest drought out of the four Grand Slams. But with the way she’s been playing at the moment, this might be the year when she finally ends that long barren spell.
Betting on Timea Bacsinszky (-140)
As good as Williams has been, Bacsinszky has been even better. The 27-year-old didn’t have the greatest build-up to the French Open after quick exits at the Madrid and Rome Masters, but she’s simply been blowing her opponents away at Roland Garros. The Swiss miss has lost a grand total of nine games through three matches, and has won six sets out of six.
Bacsinszky is actually coming off her “least” impressive win thus far, a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur in the round of 32. Her service game was solid, as she put 66 percent of first serves in play, won 71 percent of first serve points, and 63 percent of second serve points. Meanwhile, she won at least 55 percent of return points for the third match running.
This type of play really shouldn’t be too surprising from the World No. 22, who thrives on the clay courts of Roland Garros. She reached her first and only Grand Slam semifinal to date at the French Open in 2015, and also made it to the quarterfinal last year.
And who was the woman Bacsinszky beat in last year’s round of 16 to reach the quarters? That would be Venus Williams. Bacsinszky won that match in very convincing fashion, 6-2, 6-4.
Williams’ French Open woes continue as Bacsinszky (-140) once again ousts the American.
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