Women to watch at the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris:
2021 Match Record: 27-5
2021 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 11
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 – French Open (2019)
Last 5 French Opens: 2020-Did Not Play, 2019-Won Championship, 2018-Lost in 2nd Round, 2017-Lost in 1st Round, 2016-Did Not Play
Aces: Did not try to defend her 2019 championship in Paris last year, staying home in Australia because of the coronavirus pandemic. … Stopped during a match at the Italian Open this month because of a right arm issue.
Matchup to Watch For: Could face 17-year-old American Coco Gauff in the fourth round.
Words: ”It’s important to play the points in the right way, regardless of the score and also regardless of the result.” – Barty.
FanDuel Sportsbook Title Odds: 5-1
2021 Match Record: 13-3
2021 Singles Titles: 1
Career Singles Titles: 7
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 – Australian Open (2: 2019, 2021), U.S. Open (2: 2018, 2020)
Last 5 French Opens: 2020-DNP, 2019-3rd, 2018-3rd, 2017-1st, 2016-3rd
Aces: Says she won’t participate in news conferences at Roland Garros. … 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year. … All of her Grand Slam titles have come on hard courts. … Sat out last year’s French Open after winning the U.S. Open while dealing with a hamstring issue.
Matchup to Watch For: Could face 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova or 2016 semifinalist Kiki Bertens in the fourth round.
Words: ”I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well. I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.” – Osaka.
FanDuel SportsbookTitle Odds: 17-1
Country: United States
2021 Match Record: 7-8
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 5
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 – Australian Open (2020)
Last 5 French Opens: 2020-Runner-Up, 2019-4th, 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP
Aces: Entered Paris last year coming off a 6-0, 6-0 loss in Rome in her only tuneup match and went all the way to the final, her first on red clay at tour level. … Announced in May she no longer would be coached by her father, Alex.
Matchup to Watch For: Faces 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round.
Words: ”We both kind of agreed that it was time to part ways.” – Kenin, on the coaching change.
FanDuel Sportsbook Title Odds: 55-1
Country: United States
2021 Match Record: 9-3
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 73
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 – French Open (3: 2002, 2013, 2015), Australian Open (7: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), Wimbledon (7: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), U.S. Open (6: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Last 5 French Opens: 2020-2nd, 2019-3rd, 2018-4th, 2017-DNP, 2016-RU
Aces: Withdrew from French Open last year before second round because an Achilles injury. … Went nearly three full months without competing after semifinal loss to Osaka at Australian Open. … Lost opener in return at Rome in May, then took a wild-card entry for a small tournament in Parma, Italy, to get more work on red clay and went 1-1 there. … 76-1 in first-round Slam matches; lost in Paris in 2012. … Holds record for most major singles titles in the professional era; one more would equal Margaret Court for most in tennis history.
Matchup to Watch For: Could face three-time major champion and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the third round.
Words: ”I was meant to be Serena and I didn’t know that I was meant to be Serena. But I embrace it and I love it and I work hard for it. I work hard to carry that name because it takes a lot of work – on the court, off the court, mentally – in everything that I do.” – Williams.
FanDuel SportsbookTitle Odds: 21-1
Age: 19 (Turns 20 on Monday)
2021 Match Record: 19-5
2021 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 3
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 – French Open (2020)
Last 5 French Opens: 2020-W, 2019-4th, 2018-DNP, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP
Aces: Entered last year’s French Open ranked 54th, without a tour-level title of any sort and never having been past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament – then won the championship without dropping a set along the way. … Tuned up this time by winning clay-court title in Rome.
Matchup to Watch For: Could face 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round.
Words: ”It’s not easy to be a defending champion. I’m just happy that I’m in a situation like that. I can enjoy being there, just being in Paris, because I love playing there. ” – Swiatek.
FanDuel Sportsbook Title Odds: 14-5
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