French Open Women's Day Six Tips: Parry to end Stephens resurgence

There were shocks aplenty on day five of the women's singles at the French Open, and returning to see if there are any more in store is Dan Weston...

Shocks yesterday - Halep and others

Big names fell yesterday at Roland Garros, with Karolina Pliskova, Danielle Collins, Jelena Ostapenko and Simona Halep all exiting in round two on Thursday. Conversely, Iga Swiatek continued her demolishment of the field, dropping just two games en route to thrashing Alison Riske. That even money prior to the tournament is looking like better and better value.

Match of the day - Anisimova vs Muchova

For me, the match of the day at Roland Garros is Amanda Anisimova versus Karolina Muchova. The big-serving Muchova is the underdog, which based on clay numbers seems about right, but this is clearly a clash between two young players of extremely high potential and one that I'm looking forward to, in terms of seeing where these two players are at.

Another match between two players with good upside is Belinda Bencic against Leylah Fernandez, and Bencic is the favourite at 1.49 to get the win, which again looks about right. She just has such a big edge on service points won on clay over Fernandez that she does look justified at that price.

Clay a leveller between Azarenka and Teichmann

The market thinks that Victoria Azarenka and Jil Teichmann are tough to split, and it's a pretty intriguing match-up. Azarenka is obviously the more renowned player, but even at her peak back in the day was never particularly top level on clay and we should see a markedly different match to the one the duo played at the Australian Open in January.

For that, on hard court, Azarenka won 6-1 6-2 at around 1.30 prematch, but the change in surface should be a big leveller here. 12 month clay duo agrees with the market line as well, so it should be a very competitive match.

Underdog value - Parry over Stephens

Sloane Stephens has done well to get to this stage but I'm far from convinced that she's close to being back to her best. Her top level in the past would make her one of the major contenders here but we haven't seen that with any consistency for a good while now, and she's a 1.60 favourite to eliminate the home player, Diane Parry.

Parry has picked up two strong underdog wins so far, including last year's winner, Barbora Krejcikova, so shouldn't be overawed here, and has pretty good numbers on clay.

Not only this, she has done well on the surface at lower levels also. Parry is a decent shout as underdog value at 2.64.

Favourite - surface specialist Trevisan

Finally, as a favourite, I quite like Martina Trevisan against Daria Saville. Trevisan has decent clay numbers and is something of a surface specialist, rather different to Saville, who rather unconvinced on the surface over quite a few years and came into the event without a win on clay this season. Trevisan at 1.71 looks the pick of the favourites to me.

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