Thursday, 6 June 2013

French Open - Women's Final

Eleven years have passed since Serena Williams first won the French Open but that extended wait for a second title now appears just a couple of days away. Entering the tournament at EVS to leave with the trophy, Williams has obliterated all before her apart from one significant test against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight. The Russian was one point away from a double break in the deciding set but eventually that challenge was overcome.

Another Russian awaits Williams in the final in the form of defending champion Maria Sharapova and there is little to suggest the form book can or will be reversed. Sharapova hasn't beaten Williams since 2004 and despite a spirited effort for a set and a half in Miami this year she has been put to the sword with relative ease.

Seven of their past eight meetings have ended in straight sets and it's hard to see how that number doesn't become eight of the past nine after Saturday. Their meetings on clay in Madrid this year and last saw Williams cover the -5.5 game handicap she is tasked with on Saturday and with her game firing on all cylinders she is odds-on in The Overrule's estimation to do so again.

The Overrule recommends a max selection of five points on a straight sets win and three points on the handicap. Both prices will surely be gone by Saturday lunchtime.

5* Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 2-0 at 4/7 (Paddy Power)

3* Serena Williams (-5.5 games) beat Maria Sharapova at 11/10 (Paddy Power)

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