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Nadia Podoroska’s French Open Odds Now +800 After Becoming the First Qualifier to Ever Reach Semifinals

Hayley Graham

by Hayley Graham in Tennis

Oct 6, 2020 · 2:03 PM PDT

World No. 131 Nadia Podoroska
World No. 131 Nadia Podoroska upset no. 3 Elina Svitolina to reach the semifinals. Photo by @rolandgarros
  • Nadia Podoroska was the first player to make the French Open semifinals
  • Podoroska upset No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina as the World’s 131st ranked player
  • Below are updated odds and a breakdown of Podoroska’s tournament

The players at the 2020 French Open seem to have provided more surprises and upsets than any other tournament this year, including Nadia Podoroska. Podoroska has seen her French Open odds shift dramatically since the start of the tournament. On September 29th, her odds were listed at +75000. And now entering the semifinals, her odds to win are +800. At this point, this is anyone’s tournament, and there is a possibility for a first-time Grand Slam winner.

Updated French Open Women’s Single Odds

Player Odds
Iga Swiatek +125
Petra Kvitova +250
Sofia Kenin +400
Nadia Podoroska +800
Danielle Collins +1200
Laura Siegemund +2000

Odds taken Oct. 6 at Bet365

Podoroska’s Road to the Semifinals

World No. 131 Podoroska became the first qualifier to reach the women’s French Open semifinals in the Open era, after defeating Elina Svitolina. The last qualifier to reach any Grand Slam was when Alexandra Stevenson did it in 1999 at Wimbledon.

Prior to last week, Podoroska hadn’t won a main draw Grand Slam tournament, beaten a Top 50 player, or won back-to-back matches on the WTA Tour. She’s now had eight victories, including three in qualifiers at this tournament. And today, she stopped her opponent from participating in what would’ve been her third semifinal in the past four Grand Slam tournaments she’s played at.

Svitolina Upset

Podoroska beat her quarterfinal opponent 6-2, 6-4, in just over an hour. She was far more efficient than her opponent was, recording 17 winners, and broke Svitolina three separate times.

Podoroska took advantage of the whole court during the match and had her opponent running around at times. This is something that she will have to continue into her semifinal match as she faces Iga Swiatek. Swiatek also recorded a massive upset this tournament, sending Simona Halep home in the fourth round.

Is Podoroska a Good Bet?

There are two more quarterfinal matches that need to be played, and they’ll take place tomorrow. Two of the four players are seeded, Petra Kvitova and Sofia Kenin.

Svitolina was arguably Podoroska’s toughest opponent to date at the tournament. And throughout her match, there were a few things that could possibly cost her the semifinal match is she doesn’t eliminate. She couldn’t hold her efficiency throughout the second half of the match, and her offense became less controlled.

Best Bet

Right now, the best bet is still Swiatek. She just beat her opponent Martina Trevisan in straight sets, and her odds just shortened to +125. The biggest concern was how she was going to play after her win against Halep, as many were concerned she would come out flat. She continues to impress this tournament and has yet to drop a set.

This semifinal matchup will be tough and will probably go the full three sets. But the edge will still have to go to Swiatek. The two have never played each other before, but they both are playing at the top of their game this tournament. From there I think this is Swiatek’s tournament to lose.

Best Bet: Swiatek (+125)

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