Timea Bacsinszky was one of my outsiders for the French Open outright before the tournament and so far things are looking good for the 30th seed.
Baczinsky has won both of her matches in straight sets and has lost just five games in total in Paris after coming through 6-0 6-2 in her second round against American Madison Brengle.
The Swiss may face a tougher test against Dominikia Cibulkova’s conqueror Ons Jabeur but I’m still expecting Baczinsky to progress without dropping a set.
Lucky loser Jabeur, 22, is competing in just her third Grand Slam event and her third round showing in France is her best result to date regardless of what happens today.
Baczinsky struggled to go deep in the major events for much of her career but in recent years she’s started to make a bigger impact, particularly in the French Open having found her way through to at least the quarter final stage in each of the last two years.
Yesterday it looked as if my tip was on as Nicolas Almagro and Juan Martin del Potro were tied at 1-1 but the former had to retire. Today should be a smoother ride and backing Baczinsky to win 2-0 at 20/39 looks a solid selection, but given her dominant displays so far in the French capital I’ll be a bit bolder and go for the 4/5 on offer for the 27-year-old to win with a -5 game handicap instead as my top bet.