Will Serena return to the top of the Grand Slam podium? Can Simona Halep retain her title? Or will a young pretender steal the throne? These are the questions set to take to centre court this French Open. Williams not a safe bet Unlike the men’s draw, the ladies has no obvious outright winner, rather a host of supremely talented tennis players all in with a shot of landing the year’s second Grand Slam title. The last five editions of the French Open have seen five different winners which just goes to prove the variety and unpredictability in the field. One of the names many punters will be looking out for is Serena Williams. At 15.00 with Betstar and other online betting sites, it looks like incredible value for someone who has won the tournament three-times, however, a string of injuries puts even her participation in doubt. The 37-year-old withdrew from last week’s Italian Open with a troublesome knee and has managed to play just eight completed games this season. Pick of the bunch Romanian Simona Halep is the favourite with a majority of popular sportsbooks to get the job done in France. The 27-year-old took the title in 2018 defeating American Sloan Stephens in three sets in the final and at 13.00 with Betstar is certainly worth consideration. 2018 was the third time she had reached the final of the only clay court major of the year marking her out as something of a clay specialist. Last years beaten finalist Sloane Stephens comes in at a healthy with a host of relevant betting sites but it is 21-year-old Japanese native Naomi Osaka who is one of the best betting tips for the tournament. At 11.00, Osaka could prove to be a steal especially as she has claimed two grand slam titles in her short career already (including in Australia earlier this year). Admittedly, the clay surface is yet to be proven her preferred choice but her adaptability means you cannot ignore her. Odds Player Simona Halep 5.00 Kiki Bertens 8.50 Naomi Osaka 11.00 Petra Kvitova 13.00 Sloane Stephens 13.00 Karolina Pliskova 15.00 Serena Williams 15.00 Ash Barty 17.00 Elina Svitolina 17.00 Angelique Kerber 21.00 Facts and figures There have been five different ladies winners in the last five French Opens. Sue Barker is the only British winner of the French Open in its Grand Slam era. The venue is named after French aviator and world war one fighter pilot Roland Garros. In 1968, the French Open became the first grand slam to become and Open event. Romanian Simona Halep is the defending champion.