- Madison Keys is the No. 14 player in the world
- Keys lost in the semifinals at the French Open last year to Sloane Stephens
- Defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the finals of the Volvo Car Open
Madison Keys has recently found success on the clay surface, claiming her first clay court title of her career earlier this month at the Charleston Open. But does this make her a contender for the 2019 French Open?
Despite the win, her French Open odds have drifted out a bit this past month, adjusting from an average of +1600 April 1, to +2000 now.
2019 French Open Women’s Singles Odds
|Player||2019 French Open Women’s Singles Odds|
*Odds taken April 30, 2019
French Open Star Power
All eyes will be on reigning champion Simona Halep. Halep has won 72% of her career matchups on clay, posting a 16-3 record on the surface last year.
Newcomer Naomi Osaka, who has won the past two Grand Slams, is sure to put up a fight despite recent injury setbacks.
And of course you never count Serena Williams out of a tournament.
But with a clay court championship under her belt, Madison Keys is feeling confident after winning in Charleston and excited to continue on the surface.
She recently discussed her thoughts about playing on clay with the WTA Insider Podcast, a surface she struggled with earlier in her career. The struggles had caused her to hold a bit of a grudge towards the surface – but perhaps not anymore.
“It’s what, third final on clay, semifinals Roland-Garros, I feel like I have to let it go. Maybe I’m a clay court specialist now!”
“It’s what, third final on clay, semifinals Roland-Garros, I feel like I have to let it go. Maybe I’m a clay court specialist now!” ~ Keys on her recent clay court performances
Keys may have reason to be confident as her career record at Roland-Garros stands at 12-6 after last year’s semifinals run.
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) April 24, 2019
Pass on Keys
Ultimately, we’ll all watch closely to see what Keys does in Madrid, but with being subbed out for Sofia Kenin in the Fed Cup, her arguable inconsistent play, and the possible opponents she could face throughout the tournament, there’s not a good enough reason to invest.
A champion on clay, yes. But a contender at Roland-Garros? Perhaps not this year.