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Maria Sharapova favourite for French Open after Serena exit

"I think she played really well and she played really smart".

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Serena Williams crashed out of French Open on Wednesday, with Sharapova now 13/8 to claim her second Roland Garros title

Nobody could have predicted that Serena Williams and Li Na would be out of the French Open women’s singles within four days of the tournament starting, although it has thrown the competition wide open.

Garbiñe Muguruza produced a magical performance to beat Williams 6-2 6-2, with the Spaniard now a best price 33/1 to go all the way in Paris, although there are several female players ahead of her in the pecking order.

“A change is coming,” Muguruza said. “This year a lot of young girls are playing really well. These things are going to happen. Sometimes the new generation [has to] come through and I think now is the moment.”

“It was one of those days,” said the 2002 and 2013 champion.

“You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens, you know. It’s not the end of the world. It is what it is.

“I think she played really well and she played really smart.

“You know, it’s great, because I’m going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again.”

Nevertheless, Maria Sharapova heads the betting, with bet365 free bet offering 13/8 about the Russian who was drawn in the same quarter as Williams but will now feel as though she has a clear route through to the final.

The 2012 French Open winner has a complete set of Grand Slam titles and will be encouraged by the exit of Li Na in the opposite side of the draw, with Simone Halep the second favourite on the outright market.