You couldn’t wish for two more different tournaments in the French open this year. On the men’s side Nadal is playing consistently and has eased through to the latter stages. His opponents meanwhile have stuttered and at times looked in real trouble. If you look at the men’s draw; all this has meant that Nadal, ‘the king of clay’, has shortened from 1.72 at the start of the tournament to just 1.58. All the other top seeds have drifted.
On the women’s draw several high profile seeds have gone already. Azarenka has joined Serena and Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Radwanska among the big-name casualties. All this has helped pushed Sharapova in from 7.8 to just 2.36. But the big money would have been made on Cibulkova who has crashed in from 210 to 13 this morning. This would have returned £151.54 on £10 stakes. Na Li is quietly progressing without much comment and now stands at 6.8 for the tournament. The womans tournament still looks fairly open but Sharapova will like the opponents left on her side of the draw.