The 2019 French Open women’s semifinals bring unexpected matchups involving players seeded no higher than eighth, with nary a Grand Slam title among them. The action begins at 5 a.m. ET Friday from Roland Garros in Paris. American sensation Amanda Anisimova, 17, who stunned defending French Open champ Simona Halep 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday, takes on No. 8-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty. In the other semi, Britain’s Johanna Konta, the No. 26 seed, faces surprising Czech player Marketa Vondrousova. Sportsbooks list Barty as a -184 favorite (risk $184 to win $100) over Anisimova, who’s getting +154 (risk $100 to win $154) in the latest Barty vs. Anisimova odds. Konta is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100) in the latest Konta vs. Vondrousova odds, with Vondrousova getting +110 (risk $100 to win $110) as the underdog. Before you make any Barty vs. Anisimova picks or Konta vs. Vondrousova picks, you’ll want to see the 2019 French Open picks and predictions from Gavin Mair, given the streak he’s on.
Mair is the famed women’s tennis expert who called Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open championship at 32-1. Over the past two years, Mair is up an astounding 213 units on his tennis futures picks. If you had placed $100 on each of his picks, you’d be up $21,300.
Before the 2019 French Open, Mair recommended betting Vondrousova at 60-1 to win the title — one of only three players he backed. Now the massive long shot is two wins away from history.
Following his exhaustive analysis, Mair locked in picks for Barty vs. Anisimova and Konta vs. Vondrousova. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.
Mair knows Anisimova is aiming to be the youngest French Open champion since Monica Seles in 1990. Anisimova, who has not dropped a set at Roland Garros, hit 25 winners in dispatching Halep while showing tremendous power from both sides.
But, Mair noted to SportsLine, “how does a youngster react to her victory over the best clay court player in the world?”
No one has had an answer yet for Barty’s backhand slice. She handled American Madison Keys on Thursday, 6-3, 7-5, and is now favored to win the tournament. Barty’s unique style can be difficult to deal with, especially for a player like Anisimova who has never faced her. Barty is 25-5 this year, including 9-2 on clay.
Looking at the other semi, Mair called Vondrousova — his long shot pick two weeks ago to win the tournament — “the most talented of the four players remaining.” But he also noted how Konta has warmed up to playing on clay.
“Two months ago it was far fetched to predict that Johanna Konta would be a factor in the latter stages of the French Open — a tournament played on a clay surface that she had never before shown any liking for,” Mair told SportsLine. “Konta has learned how to master the surface using her attacking approach and now finds herself in a quartet of unlikely quarterfinalists.”
Mair is highly confident he has the winners of both semifinals. He’s sharing those picks, along with his exclusive analysis of how the matches will unfold, over at SportsLine.
So who wins Barty vs. Anisimova and Konta vs. Vondrousova? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s strong picks for the French Open women’s semifinals, all from the tennis guru whose 60-1 long shot is still alive at Roland Garros.