Danielle Collins reacts to a shot against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Collins defeated Mladenovic 6-3, 6-3. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
- Day 1 of women’s singles play at the French Open begins Sunday, May 30th
- The first round will be played over a couple days with Day 1 headlined by Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka
- Continue below to see the matchup moneylines and a breakdown of three matches where we see the most value
The first round of a Grand Slam is always exciting. There are so many matches happening, and the opportunity for upsets can headline the day. 13 courts will be in play tomorrow with four first round matches happening on each of them. Two women’s singles and two men’s singles.
On the women’s side, the day will be headlined by Osaka and Sabalenka. But there will be a handful of qualifiers and top seeded players competing. Matches are set to start at 5:00 AM EST, and below you’ll see the moneyline odds for the matches being played.
But where’s the value? We breakdown three first round, Day 1 matches for you below, and provide our best bet prediction.
2021 French Open Day 1 Odds
|Patricia Maria Tig vs Naomi Osaka||+525/-770|
|Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova||-345/+265|
|Ana Konjuh vs Aryna Sabalenka||+525/-770|
|Clara Burel vs Danka Kovinic||-122/+100|
|Greet Minnen vs Petra Kvitova||+1300/-2500|
|Anhelina Kalinina vs Angelique Kerber||+135/-167|
|Oceane Dodin vs Madison Keys||+250/-335|
|Elena Rybakina vs Elsa Jacquemot||-910/+600|
|Kayeryna Kozlova vs Ajla Tomljanovic||+188/-240|
|Diane Parry vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich||+250/-335|
|Paula Badosa vs Lauren Davis||-770/+540|
|Nao Hibino vs Nina Stojanovic||+170/-215|
|Elisabetta Cocciaretto vs Ana Bogdan||+138/-175|
|Elena Vesnina vs Olga Govortsova||+100/-136|
|Leylah Annie Fernandez vs Anastasia Potapova||-136/+110|
|Amanda Anisimova vs Veronika Kudermetova||+106/-132|
|Danielle Collins vs Xiyu Wang||+100/-122|
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale||-400/+300|
|Marie Bouzkova vs Katerina Siniakova||+180/-230|
Odds as of May 29th at DraftKings
Anhelina Kalinina vs Angelique Kerber Prediction
Former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber is only the slight favorite as she takes on 24-year old Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina.
Kerber has three Grand Slam titles under her belt, but has never been able to capture the French Open, or get passed the quarterfinals for that matter. She’s had less than an ideal year, heading into the tournament with 8-8 record. She’s been struggling in form for quite sometime, and will be looking for some sort of answer in these early rounds in Paris. But Kalinina might give her a tough match.
The 24-year old enters her first main draw at the French Open after not dropping a set over the course of three qualifying matches. She hasn’t necessarily been present at WTA events, but has been showing up more in ITF tournaments, and she’s been doing well there, having won two back-to-back events right before this Grand Slam.
Kalinina’s recent success makes this interesting.
Best Bet: Kalinina (+135)
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Amanda Anisimova vs Veronika Kudermetova Prediction
24-year old Kudermetova is the favorite heading into this match against American Anisimova, and the two have never played each other on tour before.
Anisimova is coming off a decent showing in Pharma, where she eventually lost to Coco Gauff, who went on to win. The 19-year old reached the semifinals here in Paris in 2019, and won her first WTA title later that year. But unfortunately she hasn’t really be able to breakthrough since. She did manage to make it to the third round of the French Open last year, and has always faired well on clay.
You cannot miss this one!
The in-form Russian No.1 Veronika Kudermetova faces 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in an intriguing opening-round encounter at Roland Garros!
The stakes are high in this clash, with Veronika looking to better her R3 result from 2019 too. pic.twitter.com/gfCfM4yXgu
— WTA Russians (@WTArussians) May 29, 2021
Kudermetova has yet to have a really strong showing at a Grand Slam, having never really been able to go deep in a tournament. But after winning the Charleston Open and making the finals of the Istanbul Open, both of which are played on clay, maybe 2021 is her year.
Best Bet: Kudermetova 2-0 (+180)
Danielle Collins vs Xiyu Wang Prediction
This match could be a really amazing story in the making. Danielle Collins of the United States is making her return to tennis after taking just eight weeks off to recover after a surgery to treat her endometriosis. Collins has been training over the past two weeks, but hadn’t played a match since she lost to Veronika Kudermetova in the Miami Open at the end of March.
In awe of Danielle Collins after this interview. Extraordinary that she was able to compete with – and often beat – the best players in the world while also battling endometriosis https://t.co/aTwDzTu0TM
— Simon Briggs (@simonrbriggs) May 28, 2021
She’ll be taking on 20-year old qualifier Wang, who will be competing in the main draw of a Major for just the second time in her career, and the first time here at the French Open.
This will be the first meeting between the two players, and it’ll be an interesting match for sure. Despite Collins’ break, she has had success over her career, and did reach the quarterfinals here in Paris last year.
I think going into this match, fatigue and fitness will be one of the biggest factors. We haven’t seen Collins play in a bit, but the big stage could also get to Wang. If Collins’ athleticism is in tact, then I do believe experience will allow her to triumph here.
Best Bet: Collins (+100)
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