2019 WTA French Open Final Betting Preview: Which First-Time Finalist Can Hold Their Nerves?

Jun 08, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sport. Pictured: Marketa Vondrousova

  • WTA French Open betting action resumes on Saturday morning with the finals getting underway at 9 a.m. ET.
  • Stuckey breaks down who he likes in a matchup of two rising stars: Marketa Vondrousova and Ashleigh Barty.

2019 WTA French Open Final

Matchup: Marketa Vondrousova vs. Ashleigh Barty
Line: Barty -154 | O/U: 22
Time: 9 a.m. ET on NBC

Just as everyone predicted, Marketa Vondrousova and Ashleigh Barty will face each other for the 2019 French Open title. Regardless of the winner, we will have a first-time Grand Slam champion.

How rare is it to see two first-time finalists in a major final? This marks the eighth such occasion in the Open era (since 1968). Interestingly enough, three of the previous seven instances occurred at Roland Garros, while we’ve never seen it at Wimbledon.

However, maybe this matchup shouldn’t surprise us that much. There is definitely a new generation of players taking over the women’s tour.

We just saw Naomi Osaka (21) win the past two Grand Slams and all of the biggest titles this year have been won by players aged 23 and younger. That trend will continue on Saturday as Barty is 23 years old and Vondrousova is only 19!

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup before diving into what I’m looking at from a betting perspective. I will also conclude with my plans for my unheeded Vondrousova 40-1 futures ticket.

The Matchup

Both have played outstanding tennis throughout the tournament which reflects both of their levels throughout 2019. Vondrousova owns the best record on Tour since the Australian Open at an eye-popping 27-5.

And if you look at the entire 2019 season, Barty has been even better at a ridiculous 32-6. Both have done a ton of winning this year.

Again, this shouldn’t be as big of a surprise matchup as some think.

The Czech also hasn’t even dropped a set at this year’s French Open — although she did win both of her tiebreakers while Barty lost her only one in the semifinals.

While Vondrousova gets more first serves in overall (and has done so this tourney) — Barty has the more reliable second serve. That could loom large in a match that should feature plenty of nerves.

One thing is for certain: you should expect variety. Both players have a full repertoire of shots that will keep their opponent off balance.

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