Larissa Liashenko predicts this year's French Open
By: Larissa Liashenko
I see Anne-Laure Vandelion, Carolina Spencer, Katerina Shawfink, Arantxa Danese, Anastassia Lobacheva, Marta Bajul, Elke Vandecaetsbeek and Berta Calpena has the qualifier. Some qualifying sections are really strong but some others are so weak! It's the luck of the draw, I guess.
Larisa Ferrer has the easiest draw she could ask for until the quarter-finals. I see no one that could beat her before that. I expect to see her play Morkovina in the round of 16. I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't lose a set until the quarters. Really a dream draw for the number one player!
A really tricky section in my opinion! A lot of good claycourters are there. I think we will see a Gonzalez-Taliamanosoko round of 16 match to determine who'll have the ''chance'' to play Ferrer.
I'd love to see Selima do well here but I don't think she'll get past Seles. She is too consistant for Selima at the moment because she's been out for so long. Gianna should win that section pretty easily.
Monica Gambill has been on fire lately. But has she peaked to soon? We will see that here. With the way she is playing, I don't see why she couldn't make the quarters but will pressure get to her? We'll have to wait and see but she is the clear favourite to win that section.
Angelica will have to be really, really careful. She has a very tough and tricky first round match with junior number one and junior french open favourite Lapentti. There are also Majlana and Sarile who could give her some problems but Angelica has played so well on clay this year that I don't see her lose that early.
If Jane wanted to do well, she couldn't ask for a better draw. The only person that should challenge her is consistant Van Haak. But with Jane, you never know. Sanchez-Connely could take her out too. But if Jane is on her game, watch out!
I have three people I think could win that section. First there is Anabel ''the zombie(couldn't resist
)'' Conde-Martinez that could go deep in the draw if she gets by early trouble. The Lucia or Zerene could do damage. But I see Anabel getting throught.
The two top players in that section, Kroulikova and Huubere are not at their best right now on clay. And I don't know the physical condition of Anna but if she is not 100%, she has no shot at beating surprising Hingisafrilia. This is the section that I see the biggest upset. I think Nicoletta Lapentti, who seems to have found her game recently, will win that section.
Larisa Ferrer vs. Adriana Gonzalez
Gianna Adrianna Dulko vs. Monica Gambill
Angelica de la Courtiere vs. Jane Wong
Anabel Conde-Martinez vs. Nicoletta Lapentti
Larisa Ferrer vs. Monica Gambill
Angelica de la Courtiere vs. Anabel Conde-Martinez
Monica Gambill vs. Angelica de la Courtiere
Angelica de la Courtiere