Women’s field wide open as French Open is set to begin Sunday



Maria Sharapova has won two of the last three French Opens on the women’s side, making it to the finals all three years.

Serena Williams got the win in straight sets over Sharapova in 2013, but failed to make it past the second round a year ago. For Williams, injuries have been a big problem throughout her career, but she finally looks healthy, making her a big competitor.

Depending on who you ask, depends on whether these two women have a rivalry. With Williams winning 17 of 19 matches head-to-head against Sharapova. If the two meet in the Finals this year, it is clear which side history will be on.


Picking a women’s winner in Paris may be harder than it has been in years. Angelique Kerber from Germany has won the most clay court events this year, but she has only won two of the eight events. Ranked 11th in the WTA, she feels more like a sleeper pick than a favorite.

Of course, ranked at the top of the list are No.1 Serena Williams and No.2 Maria Sharapova and each need to be considered heavy contenders.

With no clear cut option, it may be best to just go with Williams. She won the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia and added another title in Miami. It’s hard to pick against someone with 19 Grand Slam titles.

She has also beaten both Sharapova and No.3 Simona Halep en route to title victories. Still, her second round exit a year ago leaves some concern, particularly considering Sharapova’s success on clay of late.

While Williams would be my pick with Sharapova a close second, others to watch further down the rankings would be Kerber along with Carla Suarez Navarro who is already ranked No.8 overall.

Navarro beat Venus Williams after getting shutout in the first set, showing resilience, and has five wins against top-10 players, showing she can keep up with the best.

Serena Williams to Win the 2015 French Open

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