French Open day 5: Five Thursday tips from second round fixtures
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | May 25, 2016
2016 French Open day five
- Thursday, May 26th
- First matches scheduled on court: 10:00 BST
- Roland Garros, Paris
- Live on ITV4 and Eurosport
Serena and France’s finest Tsonga feature
Wet weather has certainly played a part in the 2016 French Open, with matches having to be delayed and carried over to the following day, but Thursday should feature a packed men and women’s singles schedule of fixtures.
Read on to find out Coral’s five top tips for day five at the Roland Garros event…
Tsonga to win another epic against Baghdatis
Two great showman of tennis lock horns on Thursday, as home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis lock horns in round two of the French Open.
Tsonga has won six of their seven meetings, including their only duel on clay but, with the last three clashes going the distance, back him to triumph 3-2 at 5-1.
Serena to smash Pereira 6-1 in first set
After dropping just two games against Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round, defending women’s champion Williams now takes on Brazil’s Teliana Pereira, who only scraped past Kristyna Pliskova 9-7 in the decider.
American great Williams will be by far the fresher player and so is 5/2 to claim the opening set 6-1.
Brit Bedene to beat Carreno Busta
British stars have tumbled out this French Open, but a couple still remain and Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene has a great chance of making it to the third round as he takes on Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
The duo have a victory apiece against the other, both on clay, and Bedene won the most recent clash, so is 5/2 to topple him once more.
Bouchard to defeat Bacsinszky
Canadian Bouchard may have slipped down the rankings in recent months, but clearly has talent and upset higher-ranked Laura Siegemund in the first round.
The 22-year-old is a former Grand Slam finalist, and reached the semis here in 2014, so is a great 6/4 price to defeat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.
Verdasco to win a set, but lose to Nishikori
It might be a surprise to know that Spaniard Fernando Verdasco has won two of his three head-to-heads with Japan top 10 star Kei Nishikori, including once on clay – albeit after his opponent retired trailing 4-2.
Nishikori is too great a form to lose out again, though, so back the big-hitting left-hander to succumb to his younger opponent 3-1 at 5/2.