Tennis fans all over the world could’ve been forgiven for thinking Caroline Wozniacki had peaked and reached a glass ceiling when she finally broke he long Grand Slam hoodoo by winning the Australian Open in January, but we’re willing to bet the Dane is about to prove to everyone that Wozniacki Fever is still very much alive and kicking.
Just like 2017, Wozniacki has endured something of an up-and-down calendar year, with the buzz surrounding her stunning triumph in Oz not lasting all that long.
The 27-year-old’s bid for the world No.1 spot was ended at the Madrid Open last week following a shock defeat to world No.20 Kiki Bertens, and her performance on clay left everyone wondering how she’s going to cope when the superstars of tennis descend on Roland Garros on May 21.
Wozniacki will be up against some formidable opponents in France, including the returning Serena Williams, world No.1 Simona Halep and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko.
But, as she showed in Melbourne earlier this year, Wozniacki reserves her most stunning performances for when her fans are least expecting them.
The odds compilers over at 888sport have priced up the French Open tennis betting odds, and have placed Wozniacki as a 12/1 rank outsider to conquer all in France and win her first major on a clay court which, for us, is definitely worth a few quid.
Whilst Rafa Nadal is known as the King of Clay in the men’s game, there is no such all-conquering figure on the female circuit, and no woman has managed to successfully defend the French Open since Justine Henin back in 2007.
That the lack of a standout Nadal-type player on the WTA Tour keeps things very interesting and Wozniacki – who is not alone in suffering from up-and-down form on the clay – is surely overpriced at 12/1.
The competition is fierce, no doubt about it, but at those odds we’d be willing to bet we’ll be seeing Wozniacki’s trademark toothy grin lifting aloft the French Open trophy in Paris on June 9 – along with a lot of shocked onlookers.