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I know it's early but, FRENCH OPEN DARKHORSES

Definitely:
Conchita Martinez-the veteran is playing great tennis this late in her career
Patty Schnyder-always tough on clay

Maybe:
Jelena Kostanic-the girl's got a nice clay-court game
Petra Mandula-been to the FO quarters b4

We'll see after the next few weeks who we can add to the list, or who we can take off.

Your thoughts!?!?

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mos def seles and sprem
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DARKHORSES:

Zvonareva
Loit
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Do you guys actually think Monica will fair that well after a year off?!?!?

With so many young hard-hitting Russians I think she will be knocked out without a fight in the second round.

Vera is pretty-much a top 10 player, so not a darkhorse.

And does Gisela play well on clay?!?!?

Definitely Loit or Sprem would suck to get in the 3rd or 4th round.

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Kuznetsova. She's improved since January. She has the game to beat top 10 players.

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Oh sorry, but I think of darkhorses more as top-player upsetters rather than surprise semifinalists.

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Do you guys actually think Monica will fair that well after a year off?!?!?

With so many young hard-hitting Russians I think she will be knocked out without a fight in the second round.

Vera is pretty-much a top 10 player, so not a darkhorse.

And does Gisela play well on clay?!?!?

Definitely Loit or Sprem would suck to get in the 3rd or 4th round.
sugiyama is ranked inside the top 10... shall i say more? monica is still better than almost anyone out there if she comes back well. and monica never loses without a fight, so i disagree there. sure she may be rusty and lose early, but she's only of the few who can challenge the top players, which would make her a darkhorse, imo. i don't expect you to agree, which is fine because she hasn't played in so long.
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Though Maria isn't the best clay player, we never know! Same with Daniela!

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I think...Sharapova, Sprem,Flipkens, loit, Mandula, Zuluaga,and Golovin.

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Karolina Sprem
Meghann Shaughnessy
Alina Jidkova
Gisela Dulko
Barbora Strycova
Tatiana Golovin
Elena Likhovtseva
Catalina Castano
Amy Frazier - Yet to lose a first round match.
Mary Pierce - Yes she did win a few years ago.
Tina Pisnik
Katarina Strebotnik
Maria Vento-Kabchi - Although someone said she has gained her weight back.
Jelena Kostanic
Petra Mandula
Maria Sharapova
Marta Marrero
Francesca Schavonie
Magui Serna
Alicia Molik
Iveta Benesova
Emelie Loit
Maria Antonio-Sanchez-Lorenzo
Dally Randriantefy
Shinobu Asagoe
Flavia Pennetta
Saori Obata
Maria Kirilenko
Marta Domachowska
Henrieta Nagyova
Sandrine Testud
Barbara Schett
Paola Suarez
Anca Barna

Really watch out in bold
Yes, that would be the entire 128 player draw, Almost...

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Apart from Big Four, Mauresmo and Russian Top 4 I don't think anyone has a slightest chance. And that includes Capriati and Davenport.

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