Two of the better women's singles players in the world clash when second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka battles 42nd-ranked Karolina Muchova in Thursday's 2023 French Open women's semifinals. The pair have met just once before with Sabalenka coming out on top 7-5, 7-6 at the 2019 WTA Elite Trophy singles tournament. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m. ET from Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris. The winner will reach their first French Open final.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Sabalenka as the -330 favorite (risk $330 to win $100) on the money line, while Muchova is at +250. Sabalenka has won 13 singles titles in her career since turning pro in 2015, while Muchova has one career singles championship after turning pro in 2013. Before you lock in any 2023 French Open picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine tennis expert Jose Onarato has to say.
Onorato grew up playing competitive tennis in Caracas, Venezuela. After coming to the U.S., he trained with famed coach Nick Bollettieri at IMG Academy in Florida and faced players like Robert Farah, now one of the world's top-ranked doubles players. Onorato, who holds dual degrees in finance and economics from the University of Miami, does extensive research before placing any tennis bet. He studies current form, players' tendencies on a particular surface, weather conditions and many other relevant factors.
That systematic approach helped Onorato go 96-67-7 - up 60.42 units - in 2022. Anyone who follows him cashes tickets.
Now, Onorato has locked in on the 2023 French Open women's semifinal matchup featuring Sabalenka vs. Muchova and revealed his picks and best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks.
Top 2023 French Open women's semifinal predictions
Onorato sees Sabalenka as the player that is on fire, but is not discounting Muchova, who is one step away from reaching a Grand Slam final for the first time. Sabalenka has barreled through the opposition at the French Open, winning in straight sets in all five matches. In the fourth round, she bounced American Sloane Stephens 7-6 (5), 6-4). She then defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 in Tuesday's quarterinals.
She is having a superb year, compiling a 34-5 mark entering play on Thursday. She is 14-2 on clay, and in a warm-up tournament at Madrid, defeated top-ranked Iga Swiatek 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 last month. A month earlier, she had dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Swiatek in the finals of the Stuttgart clay tournament. For her career, Sabalenka is 334-165 (66.9%).
Muchova has successfully navigated her way through the 2023 French Open, needing three sets just once – a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win over Argentina's Nadia Podoroska in the second round. She then defeated Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-2, before reaching the quarterfinals by defeating Elina Avanesyan 6-4, 6-3. She advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-2.
Muchova, whose highest ranking was No. 19 in May 2021, has had a solid season, going 24-7, including 9-2 on clay. She has won 66.5% of her matches throughout her career, going 260-131. This is the deepest she has gone at the French Open, with her previous best being losses in the third round of the past two French Open tournaments. Her best Grand Slam finish was at the 2021 Australian Open, where she reached the semifinals. See who to pick here.
How to make 2023 French Open women's semifinal picks
Onorato has locked in his best bets for Sabalenka vs. Muchova, and they include confident picks on the outright winner, as well as advice on how long this semifinal match lasts. You can only see his French Open 2023 picks and analysis at SportsLine.
So who wins Sabalenka vs. Muchova in the French Open, and what pick could lead to a big return? Visit SportsLine now to check out Jose Onarato's bets for the 2023 French Open women's semifinals, all from the tennis expert who was 96-67-7, up 60.42 units in 2022, and find out.