Are Iga Świątek 2022 Roland Garros Futures Too Good To Pass Up?

Written By Derek Helling on May 16, 2022

There are numerous reasons why Iga Świątek is the clear favorite to atop 2022 Roland Garros futures. Given that most North American sportsbooks are still offering a plus payout on her following through on that mission, it would seem easy money.

Analyzing the situation, it’s hard to make a case against taking the short odds on Świątek if you’re inclined to back a winner. Bettors who are looking for more of a payout might want to wait for live betting on other matches.

2022 Roland Garros futures at sportsbooks

Most Canadian and US legal sportsbooks have women’s singles futures live for this second leg of the 2022 Grand Slam. Also known as the French Open, here are some books where you can find outright odds for the event right now:

As of Monday morning, the best odds on Świątek to win rested at +110 at either Bally Bet or Caesars. None of the above books had her worse than even money (+100) though. The story behind her favorite status starts with the details about the tournament itself.

Roland Garros dates, surface, and viewing info

Roland Garros is part of the WTA Tour‘s spring clay series. Women’s singles qualifying starts on Sunday, May 22. The WTA has not yet finalized a player list. The draw for the singles tournament will take place on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Paris time (1 p.m. EDT). Fans can watch the draw live on the Roland Garros YouTube channel.

In Canada, TSN and RDS will offer coverage of the event. In the United States, NBC will split its coverage between its broadcast channel, Peacock, and the Tennis Channel. Świątek should be the subject of a lot of that coverage.

The WTA ranks her as the top player in the world not only overall but on clay as well. She has won almost 82% of her matches on clay in her career. Some of those have been quite recent as part of her phenomenal win streak.

Świątek coming in blazing hot

If you have any cognizance of tennis at all, you’re already at least somewhat aware of Świątek’s streak. In case you’ve checked out since the Australian Open, though, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Świątek has won five consecutive tournaments she’s played in. She’s won 28 matches in a row as well. In Rome most recently, she again did not drop a single set. Who has been on the other side of the court hasn’t mattered at all.

In the Rome final, she dismantled Ons Jabeur, who came in with an 11-match winning streak of her own. The rest of the WTA Tour has thrown their absolute best at Świątek since the retirement of Ashleigh Barty and nothing has phased Świątek.

So, is there more reason to believe in Świątek beyond her love for clay and phenomenal recent form? Actually, yes, there is.

Świątek built clay legacy at Roland Garros

Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam leg Świątek has already won in her career. In 2020, she claimed the singles title in Paris. She also reached the quarterfinals in 2021 and the Round of 16 in 2019.

Świątek’s mobility and optimization of her top spin complement the courts at Roland Garros extremely well. Add to that the fact that she’s a master of using a controlled slide to extend her movement.

That explains why she’s a career 14-2 in matches at Roland Garros. To recap, then, Roland Garros is her strongest event happening on her strongest surface and she’s absolutely on fire currently. Is there any reason to consider anyone else in the field?

The reason she isn’t a stronger favorite

As Świątek herself would likely tell you, at some point, her streak will end. Whether that will happen before she wins a second Roland Garros singles title this month is for each bettor to determine for themselves.

With each match, she puts that streak on the line. That is unless she follows Barty’s example and retires prior, but that seems unlikely right now. She’s never had a streak like this in her career and truly, streaks like this on the WTA circuit are rare.

She could face some players who have favorable head-to-head records against her. That might include 2016 Roland Garros singles champ Garbiñe MuguruzaJelena Ostapenko, and Maria Sakkari.

Then again, Jabeur came into the Rome final having won two of her three prior meetings with Świątek. Świątek didn’t care.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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