Saturday, 19 January 2013

A Step Ahead: French Open

The above picture is that of Svetlana Kuznetsova jumping for joy after her 2009 French Open success. The chances of her repeating such a success in 2013 aren't likely, but certainly alot more likely than the 150/1 on her to do so. The Overrule is of the belief that Kuznetsova is arguably the most talented player of her generation. She hasn't been the most successful, but when 'Sveta' is playing well, she's a pure joy to watch.

Many say Kuznetsova has underachieved, but there are even more players out there who had the talent to win a Grand Slam, but never did. Let alone to have won two of them. Aside from winning Roland Garros in 2009, the Russian has been a runner-up to Justine Henin in 2006, as well as reaching one semi-final, two quarter-finals and a number of fourth round appearances.

While her best days are behind her, this week in Melbourne has shown she still has something left in the tank and if she can stay healthy, she can provide us with huge value with this selection. If 'Sveta' can remain largely injury-free between now and May, I would fully expect her price to fall considerably. Laying out 0.5 points each-way, for a total outlay of 1 point, is more than worth it at this stage. The potential upside far outweighs the downside and could provide us with an opportunity to hedge during the French Open itself.

0.5* Svetlana Kuznetsova win French Open (each-way) @ 150/1 (Victor Chandler) (each-way terms 1/2 odds 1-2 places)

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