Na Li taking on the champion

Francesca Schiavone – Na Li
In my opinion the ladies final is a extremely hard one to call. My initial thought was to go for Na Li, but I can’t really come to terms with the fact that she’s suddenly the favourite. Yes, she has taken down Sharapova and Azarenaka, but she still faces the defending champion here, and a champion that’s even higher ranked than Na Li herself. Schiavone even won their only previous meeting on clay in 2 sets, and she has been really awesome in fighting her way to the final once again. She meets an opponent who have never won a title on clay, so I have to say I like the look of more than 2.00 on the Italian. But in the end I’ll even pass on this bet, simply because I think the game looks too open, and I just vote for the final to be fought out over 2 sets. They have met each other 4 times before, sharing the spoils with 2 wins each, and all 4 matches have been decided in 2 sets. So has the last 9 women finals here at Roland Garros.
Secondly I’ll go for no tie break during the match. The last 9 finals here have only seen 1 single tie break, and Schiavone hasn’t played a tie break in her last 13 matches. Na Li’s last 5 matches haven’t offered a tie break either.

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