#19 Nadia Petrova

#2 Venus Williams

The fourth round of the ladies' French Open continues on Sunday afternoon on the hallowed clay courts in Paris, and the featured match on Court Philippe Chatrier will be between Russian Nadia Petrova and American Venus Williams. Here at Bang the Book, we're analyzing the French Open odds and giving you your French Open free picks for one of the featured matches of the day. Coverage of the event can be seen live on NBC.

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For Petrova, the trip to get to the fourth round of the French Open hasn't been an easy one. Yes, straight set victories against both Shuai Zhang and Agnes Szavay weren't hassles whatsoever, but her most recent tussle against #15 Aravane Rezai was as epic of a match as we have seen in this tournament on either side of the draw. Petrova needing a whopping 18 games to dispose of the French woman 10-8 in the final set. This is one of the best outings that Petrova has had in her illustrious 11 year career on the WTA Tour. She has been eliminated before the end of the first week of play in each of the L/4 years, including two first round exits in 2006 and 2007.

For the elder Williams sister, this is the first time that she has gotten over the hump of the third round here at Roland Garros since 2006 when she reached the quarterfinals. This is one of the two jewels of the Grand Slam that she is missing in her career, which dates back to 1997. Williams is now a stellar 26-4 year to date after disposing of her first three foes here at Roland Garros. She has yet to be broken in six sets, all of which she has won by at least a 6-4 margin. Doubles could become a concern for Williams as well, but her and her sister have only needed 13 games to dismiss their first round foe in that bracket.

The last time that these two women met was back in 2006 at the Fed Cup on clay. Williams won that day 7-6, 0-6, 6-4. Though Williams clearly isn't the player that she once was, this is a clearly a match that she should win. Not even being asked to lay -300 seems like a generous price from our end, and we're willing to lay the chalk for the small prize.

Selection: Venus Williams -280 at BetPhoenix