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View Poll Results: Who has the best chance at an RG title?
Maria Sharapova 29 31.18%
Venus Williams 12 12.90%
Serena Williams 14 15.05%
Nicole Vaidisova 6 6.45%
They have an equal chance 9 9.68%
None of them has any chance of winning 23 24.73%
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Who has the best shot at the French?

I know it's very early, but ever since Sharapova won the Australian Open, there's been talk of her possibly winning the French.

Even the most ridiculous fans would consider Henin the favorite. However, aside from Henin and some other solid claycourters, there are some bigtime players who probably dont have much of a shot, but could challenge for the title anyway(at least their fans seem to think so).

So out of this group, who do you think has the best shot of winning the French Open and why?

>(5)Maria Sharapova-riding a hot streak and coming off a career-best semifinal showing at Roland Garros last year. However, many consider her movement on the surface below-average at best and her powergame is almost nullified by the slow clay

>(6)Venus Williams - former finalist and 5-time quarterfinalist. Has made at least the quarterfinals every even year since 1998, but her movement and high-risk game don't fit the surface well. Except for 2003, she's been guaranteed to implode before making it far into the second week.

>(10)Serena Williams-former champion and hasn't lost before the QF's since 1999. Surprisingly, this has been her most consistent slam since her return in 2004.. but that's only because she's only played her 2 times in that timespan. Probably the most realistic potential of this bunch, but has appeared sluggish at times and she's only won 3 titles since 2004. Additionally, it's a safe bet she'll be dealing with some injury, whether real or alleged.

>(15)Nicole Vaidisova-had some struggles last year and I believe she dealt with injury issues, but seems to be playing well. Had a QF showing at the French last year and SF showing in 2006.

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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Justine, end of.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Out of that group I would probably make Vaidisova the favorite although the thought does make me feel a little ill.

Actually, aside from Venus, the remaining three are most definately not anywhere close to being amongst my favorite players, infact they lie about as far away from that group as one can get. So of those four if one of them were to win RG I would pray very hard for Venus.

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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

If for some reason Justine is knocked out, I think the best contender will be Serena Williams followed closly by Sharapova. Williams is a former champion and despite her age she still has plenty of power and determination. If she really wants it, I see very few players who can stop her at RG, not because they're worse on clay but because Serena scares a lot of players when she's motivated. The key thing is if her body will hold up.

Maria is also a contender. Despite not making the final ever, she's made it to the semis and the quarters. Her record at FO is not that bad. If she wins it'll depend on her draw. It needs to be a tough like AO2008. She has to be battletested on clay by people who like to play on the surface (ie. Patty S). If she can survive, that'll give her ton of confidence and confidence goes a long way. I can see her winning if she makes it to the final having beaten a williams along the way.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

venus has won Rome, charleston, amelia island, hamburg and istanbul, she has beest chance.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Venus. In AO, she wasn't pelting the ball at 100mph off the ground very much. Although it didn't work on Plexicushion. It will be much better on clay. Plus, she moves waaaaaayyy better than any of the others on clay.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Can't see any of them winning it. If one of them has a very good draw, and if Henin plays badly, then I guess they might have a tiny chance.....

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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Sesil is going to beat Venus again at RG.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Nicole Vaidosova is unstoppable.
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Sesil is going to beat Venus again at RG.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Nicole Vaidosova is unstoppable.
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

It all depends on Henin. If she plays well, then no one else will have a real chance. If she plays mediocre, or if she'll be beaten a few times on the way to Paris, hurting her confidence, I'd say:

- Henin will still have 50% chance
- Sharapova 10%
- Someone not in this poll (Kuzny, Ana, maybe someone else) 40%
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Re: Who has the best shot at the French?

Well without Justine this pool does not make sense IMHO

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