World number one Serena Williams takes on 13th seed Lucie Safarova in the French Open Ladies’ final on Roland Garros’ Court Philippe Chatrier at 15:00.
The American number one seed is just 9/25 to conclude what is, by her standards, an unusually meandering route through the draw with the third clay court Grand Slam singles title of her career.
Her opponent, meanwhile, is 9/4 for victory in the first blue riband final of her career, with last year’s Wimbledon semi-final the high watermark up until now.
Williams’ admission that has been struggling with flu like symptoms since the third round have added an extra-air of unpredictability to what is already her least successful slam – here are our best bets for its concluding chapter
The match to go three sets @ 27/20
Four of the Serena’s last five matches, from the second round onwards, have gone to three long, with the undisputed queen of the women’s game indulging opponents as lowly as world number 105 Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Five of her ten career meetings with Safarova have gone the distance, too including their last two clashes.
Safarova to win the first set 6-4 @ 15/2
On each occasion Williams has gone three sets at this year’s tournament, it has been after losing the opening set.
If she is to do so once more then it would be churlish to ignore the uncanny knack of recent French Open finals’ opening stanzas to finish 6-4.
Seven of the last nine have rewarded those who favour the ten-game scoreline.
Williams to win 2-1 @ 5/2
While a handful of statistics support our other two suggested wagers, the final bet of the trio is all about acknowledging the American’s ability to turn it on down the stretch.
“I’m actually not sure how I got through the match, and when it was over, I just kind of collapsed. I couldn’t move,” she reported after her semi-final win over Timea Bacsinksky.
Despite this she was still able to summon the energy to eject the Swiss upstart without the loss of a single game in the decisive set.
Safarova has lost all ten of her previous matches against the all-time great and that run is expected to continue in Paris.