Roland Garros

Posted: May 22, 2010 in sports, tennis

French Open, the second slam of the year starts tomorrow.  It’ll be two weeks of clay play which will determine the new number ones for both the men’s and women’s sides.

For the men, the two weeks of tennis will determine if Federer will stay as number one and tie Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top player.  Nadal, who is on a streak (again!  it’s clay season. that’s expected.) is on Roger’s heels but so is Djokovic.  According to the ATP site, Nadal will take the top spot if he wins the title and Roger loses before the semis; Djokovic fulfills his dreams of being on top if he wins the title and Roger loses before the quarterfinals.  It’s going to be an exciting two weeks of top-notch tennis.  There’s a lot of stakes plus there’s a possibility of a Roger-Rafa final that I hope Fed wins just to cement his supremacy in the tennis world.  I feel that his French Open title last year was hollow because he didn’t beat the king of clay on the way to capturing Roland Garros.  But we’ll have to watch closely this time.  Go Roger!

Men’s seeding are as follows:

In the women’s side, it’s a battle between sisters.  Serena is currently number one going into the Open.  Venus is close behind and may overtake her sister if she wins the title and Serena loses before the fourth round.  And no matter how resilient Serena has been in past slams, she’s going to have to work hard in the next two weeks as she got the short end of the straw.  She has four-time French Open champion Justine Henin in her quarter of the draw.  Henin is 4-1 against her so Serena would really have to give her best.  And aside from Justine, Serena has Stosur and Sharapova, who just won her second title of the year also in her quarter and possibly Jelena, who beat her and her sister a couple of weeks ago.  Venus on the other hand, only has Kuznetsova and Rezai to contend with.  But Rezai, will surely put on a challenge as she was able to beat Venus a week ago.

Women’s seeding:

The draws may be viewed at the Roland Garros website.

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