Women's French Open Betting: Kerber could be next top seed to tumble

31May 2013

Roland Garros


Following another rain-hit day at Roland Garros on Thursday, Abelson Info preview a busy Day 6 at the French Open 2013...


Despite the rain bringing a premature halt to proceedings yesterday, the Parisian faithful saw the biggest upset of the tournament thus far as sixth seed Li Na went  crashing out of the tournament.


Having won the first set, the Chinese star appeared on course to cruise through to the third round. However, Bethanie Mattek-Sands had other ideas as she battled her  way to victory.

Li's elimination certainly opens up her quarter of the draw, with world number three Victoria Azarenka most likely to benefit as the tournament progresses.


On Friday, top seed Serena Williams is back in action as she prepares for the challenge of Sorana Cirstea.


As expected, the American is a massive favourite to prevail, and given that she hasn't lost more than two games in a set thus far, it may well be a question of how  long it takes for her to wrap up victory.


Similarly, Agnieszka Radwanska should have things under control when she takes on Dinah Pfizenmaier.


The German qualifier ruined the prospect of an all-Radwanska third round clash after coming through in straight sets against Urszula, but you'll be hard pressed to  find many willing to back her against the elder of the sisters.


That may well be where the formalities end though, as several other top seeds have some very tricky third round opponents to navigate their way past.


Eighth seed Angelique Kerber has had little to trouble her to this point, coming through unscathed in both her opening matches. However, in Varvara Lepchenko she comes  up against an opponent she has struggled to cope with in the past.


The Uzbekistan-born American has won all four of their previous meetings, with the last two victories coming on clay. Given it has been two years since they last met  in Rome, Kerber fans will point towards her ascent up the rankings since.


However, the German ace might find it a little tricky against her rival who is clearly well suited to coping with, and countering, her style of play.


Elsewhere, unfortunately for the home crowd Friday may well spell the end for Virginie Razzano. Despite her commendable run to the third round, she comes up against  14th seed Ana Ivanovic next, which could prove to be a hurdle too many.


Meanwhile, Petra Cetkovska will be hoping to secure her second major scalp of the tournament when she faces Roberta Vinci, while Carla Suarez Navarro will be confident  of her chances against 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig. The latter will undoubtedly produce another spirited effort, but it might not be enough against the  Spaniard who has proven her aptitude on this surface.


Sara Errani is another top seed that can expect a tough afternoon's work, as she must find a way past German world 34 Sabine Lisicki. The Italian has been impressive  to date, losing just a handful of games en route to this stage.


However, her opponent has been knocking on the door of advancing to the latter stages of tournaments for some time and has been equally as professional in her path to  this point. Errani will likely prevail, but it will likely be a much tougher test than her previous matches.


Recommended Bets:

Back Lepchenko to beat Kerber @ 2.68

Under 18.5 games in Radwanska-Pfizenmaier @ 1.94

Over 20.5 games in Errani-Lisicki @ 1.98



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Keywords: French Open, Kerber, Errani, Lisicki

Source: Betfair

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