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French Open 2020: Don’t Bet on Serena Williams Just Yet

Roland Garros is just a few days from now. But if you are eyeing Serena Williams as your main bet for the Women Singles, then you might need to think again.

UPDATE: Serena Williams will play in French Open 2020 as Naomi Osaka skips and Simona Halep returns.

With 23 Grand Slam singles titles on her belt, three of which are on the clay, Serena Williams revealed that she is still undecided on whether or not she will play in the upcoming French Open.

The 124th edition of Roland Garros is scheduled to officially start on September 21 and will be the last Grand Slam tournament this year after getting moved from its original May schedule. But unlike at Flushing Meadows, the courts in Paris will be opened to as many as 11,500 spectators. Tournament organizers would also bar the players from staying in private accommodation. And these, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cause concern for Williams.

The 38-year-old Serena Williams, who is known for previously having blood clots on her lungs on two occasions, reportedly said:

“If there are fans, then we should be able to stay elsewhere…I try to stay away from public places, because I have been in a really bad position in the hospital a few times. So I don’t want to end up in that position again.”

But nothing is final just yet, as she added:

“I’m going to have to make the best decision for my health. Maybe it will be good for me to talk to the organizers just to see how that works with the crowd and how we will be protected.”

Williams, who at the time of writing has advanced to the quarter-final round at US Open and will play against Tsvetana Pironkova on September 10, is one of the frontrunners for the 2020 French Open Women Singles title, according to outright odds on Bitcoin sports betting sites.

Serena Williams and Odds to Win 2020 French Open

At Sportsbet.io, Serena Williams is fourth on the list of players who will likely win the tournament with 10.79 odds. She is behind Simona Halep (5.43), Garbine Muguruza (10.75), and Kiki Bertens (10.76).

Interestingly, last year’s winner and currently world’s no. 1 Ashleigh Barty is nowhere on the list at Sportsbet.io, and this is not surprising now that she confirmed that she would skip the clay and not defend her title because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barty, who is in Australia and has not trained with her coach due to state border closures, shared:

“It has been a challenging year for everyone and, although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and wellbeing of my family and my team will always be my priority. Thank you to my fans for your continued support, I can’t wait to play for you again.”

The 24-year-old Australian professional tennis player, however, landed on Nitrogen Sports’ outright odds for the French Open 2020 – Women Winner category with 10.00 odds, only second to Halep (5.50).

With her recent confirmation, her name would likely be removed by Nitrogen Sports. This would bring Williams to second on the list to most likely win at Roland Garros this year with 11.00 odds currently.

If Serena Williams would decide to play on the clay later this month, then she would have a chance to redeem herself in the French Open. She abruptly ended her campaign in 2019 French Open after losing to fellow American Sofia Kenin in two sets in the third round. Had Williams won the match, she would have played against Barty in the next round.

Without Barty and possibly Williams in the 2020 French Open because of the pandemic-related reasons, the remaining frontrunners would be world’s no. 2 Halep, no.7 Bertens, and no. 16 Muguruza. Halep won at Roland Garros in 2018 and Muguruza in 2016.

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013, and 2015. She has not returned to the podium since 2016 when she finished as the runner-up.

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