Monday, May 23, 2011


The women's side might be more open than you think as anyone who has the will and determination to win can actually take this year's crown. It's a wide race for the FO 2011.

First Quarter: Julia Goerges

Currently ranked No. 17 in the world, Julia Goerges has been one player going under the radar. But I fancy her chances to do well into the seond week at Roland Garros. Even with workd No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 2010 FO Runnerup Sam Stosur in her bracket, I choose her over the two. She has been more consistent with a 14-3 clay record coming into Roland Garros and a finals victory over Wozniacki at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix followed by a semifinals showing at Madrid losing to Victoria Azarenka.

Second Quarter: Jelena Jankovic

Even with a mediocre 8-4 record on clay this 2011, I'd still pick former top ranked Jelena Jankovic to make it to the semis. This has been her perennial hunting ground as she usually makes a good run into the second week in Paris. She seems to up it a bit during French Open and has the tools and determination to advance past the earlier rounds. She'll face stern challenge against 2010 champ Francesca Schiavone in the 4th round and could possibly meet Vera Zvonareva in the quarters that is if the Russian don't falter early.

Third Quarter: Petra Kvitova

Victoria Azarenka is hot in clay but her health is still in question moreso after she retired hurt with her match against Maria Sharapova in Italy. That being said, this quarter belongs to Petra Kvitova. The Czech is 7-0 in clay after capturing the Madrid Open beating the likes of Li Na who is her likely 4th round opponent, Vera Zvonareva and Azarenka who is lurking in the quarters. The current world No. 9 should handle them with ease.

Fourth Quarter: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been in the upward swing with her comeback from injury. The former No.1 and 3 time Grand Slam champion is looking for her first French Open for her to complete the Slams. Her victory in Rome establishes her as a force in Paris. I see an easy passage for her up to the quarters where she can either meet Andrea Petkovic or No.2 Kim Clijsters.

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