French Open 2019 – Draw Predictions

Thoughts about the draw

I really struggled with this French Open draw. Normally I have a favourite but not this time so i’ve muddled my way through the draw 😂. The two favourites and best players on clay are clearly Halep and Bertens but I just don’t see them winning IMO.

Halep – I like Simona’s form and I genuinely believe her that she is relishing defending her title… but to defend a Slam title is such a hard thing to do and has rarely been done. I think she’s going to give a good shot but not my champ.

Bertens – The form player for sure. However, I am concerned how she will cope with all the added pressure and expectation. It’s the first time Kiki would have done press before a Slam. The first time Kiki has been genuinely touted as a contender. I think it’s a lot to take in. Personally, i’d love to see Kiki win. Not convinced though.

I often go safe with these draws so i’ve taken a few more risks because I have so much indecision and I do think there will be some “surprises”. The two match-ups that ended up being bottlenecks in my draw were Osaka-Azarenka (R2) and Svitolina-Muguruza (R3). I’ve gone for the underdog in both!

I’ve ended up with a Kvitova-Pliskova final. Petra is a bit of wild card. As i’ve said many times before, she’s always prone to an early loss but if she makes it to that second week, even on clay, she’s an absolute force. I’ve been very impressed with Pliskova’s consistency and resiliency. I think she’s going to be tough to beat, as she has been all season. I think she’s going to be there or thereabouts, but i’m still not sure she’ll push through for her first Slam. I’ve ended up with Petra as my champ 🤔😲😭😂 .

In all honesty, I think it’s going to be a shock winner that will come out of nowhere. I’m excited to watch it all unfold! 🙂

Draw predictions

R1
Osaka
Azarenka
Siniakova
Sakkari
Garcia
Blinkova
Babos
Keys
S. Williams
Nara
Kenin
Andreescu
Golubic
Petkovic
Collins
Barty

Halep
Paquet
Gavrilova
Tsurenko
Kasatkina
Puig
Swiatek
Q. Wang
Cibulkova
Anisimova
Begu
Kontaveit
Buzarnescu
Stosur
Zvonareva
Kvitova 😢

Stephens
Van Uytvanck
Brady
Hercog
Muguruza
Larsson
Pera
Svitolina
Bencic
Siegemund
Peterson
Vekic
Konta
Davis
Kuzmova
Bertens

Kerber
Vondrousova
Sharma
Yastremska
Mertens
Lapko
Pavlyuchenkova
Sevastova
Kudermetova
Diyas
Zhang
Goerges
Martic
Mladenovic
Kuznetsova
Ka. Pliskova

R2
Azarenka
Sakkari
Garcia
Keys
S. Williams
Kenin
Petkovic
Barty

Halep
Tsurenko
Kasatkina
Swiatek
Anisimova
Kontaveit
Buzarnescu
Kvitova

Stephens
Hercog
Muguruza
Svitolina
Bencic
Peterson
Konta
Bertens

Vondrousova
Yastremska
Mertens
Pavlyuchenkova
Kudermetova
Goerges
Martic
Ka. Pliskova

R3
Azarenka
Keys
S. Williams
Barty
Halep
Swiatek
Kontaveit
Kvitova
Stephens
Muguruza
Bencic
Bertens
Vondrousova
Pavlyuchenkova
Kudermetova
Ka. Pliskova

R4
Azarenka
Barty
Halep
Kvitova
Muguruza
Bencic
Vondrousova
Ka. Pliskova

QF
Barty
Kvitova
Muguruza
Ka. Pliskova

SF
Kvitova
Ka. Pliskova

F
Kvitova

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