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S. Williams 6 5.31%
Halep 32 28.32%
Bertens 32 28.32%
Kvitova 10 8.85%
Azarenka 1 0.88%
Bencic 0 0%
Osaka 10 8.85%
Svitolina 5 4.42%
Kerber 1 0.88%
Other 16 14.16%
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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2019, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Favorites for Roland Garros

Now is the right time to start looking for the title favorite in Roland Garros.

Easy with the men's draw: Top 4 = Top 4 favorites for all bookmakers (Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem, Federer)

But who is the favorite in the women's draw? Serena?
Bookmakers make her the 2nd favorite without any matches. That's how strong she is.
Or how weak the rest of the draw.
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

To me:

1. Kvitova - as long as she is fit.
2. Bertens looks like the favorite on paper. 2nd seed (?) but I just can't imagine her winning a Slam. Still ...
3. Serena - as always ...
4. Brave guess: Bencic - who would have thought that!!!??

Azarenka, Muguruza, Andrescu are the dark horses.

I don't see Stephens, Osaka, Halep, Svitolina, Kerber or Sabalenka in the semi finals or deeper.
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

bwin makes Muguruza 4th in the favorite list :O
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Halep
Kvitova
Sloane
Bertens. I don't know her slam level but her clay game is great
I want to say Naomi but she isn't. All I hope is a good run
Serena I don't know. Her fitness n long rallies will be concern at her age

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Sloane Stephens. She has the right coach and shouldn't be exhausted. All depends on her will to win. Serena is a walking W/O and RG is her least favorite slam, Halep will absolutely not defend, Sharapova withdrew, Svitolina doesnt look like she will ever parlay her tennis into grand slam success, Pliskova is not ace Queen this year...she needs that serve it's the foundation of her game. Bertens and Kvitova are promising but I'm worried about their stamina and Petra has never gone consistently deep in RG. Kerber seems like she is going through a lot of personal things and very distracted. Osaka just might surprise. Dare I say, Kiki Mladenovic has a chance? Would be amazing if Kiki and Domi won the French together 🙂

Dark horses: Ostapenko (she could randomly peak), Bencic and Sakkari.
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

Bajin already said Forza has the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen inscripted with her name. Home soil advantage.
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

Osaka
Serena
Halep
Muguruza
Petra

All players that tanked this week did the right thing.
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Osaka
Serena
Halep
Muguruza
Petra

All players that tanked this week did the right thing.
Really? Won't be week rest enough after rome???
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

I have an eerie feeling Kiki (Bertens) peaked too early. But the fact she has shown she can make it through ugly matches where her form and serve fluctuate, is what gives me hope in a good result. Won't be believing anything till she at least makes the 4th round though. She is in great condition but it remains to be seen if she survives an early threesetter with all the tennis she has played over the last weeks. Hope that week of rest after Rome and of course the every other day rest at RG will be enough to keep the body going.

Besides Kiki I see Halep, Osaka and very maybe Sloane. Don't expect a lot from Barty, Pliskova and Kerber here, QF's with a good draw. Petra even less. Serena and Svitolina are fresh but cold, they could still make a surprise run.

Dark horse: Vondrousova, but only for an upset or two. I don't think she has the stamina right now to go all the way, I seldomly see her win in two easy sets. But I sure hope she is far away in the draw from my faves. Same goes for Sakkari and Mlad.

Victoria Azarenka Petra Kvitová Timea Bacsinszky Belinda Bencic Kiki Bertens
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Re: Favorites for Roland Garros

This is in no real order/ranking at all, but i'd call these the top 8/9 contenders:

Bertens - Arguably has the most suitable game specifically for outdoor red clay, and her serve is becoming more dangerous. The issues for her are slow starts and difficulty closing out matches, but the game to win it is there. At RG she would have to win 7 matches in two weeks. In Madrid she won 6 in one week, including beating many of the other favourites here (Halep, Kvitova, Stephens) and former champion Ostapenko. I am aware the surfaces are very different, but after a week like that you have to put her here.

Halep - Actually playing pretty well this year despite no title, just needs to make sure she doesn't run her body into the ground before the finals since her style of play is so dependant on doing that. Even after last year’s slam win, her recent finals record still gives me pause as well to call her an OUTRIGHT favourite (has lost 9 of her last 12).

Kvitova - The most in-form player of the year, actually very good on clay, fitter than ever before, and seems to have finally overcome her slam demons in Melbourne. Has improved when it goes to 3 sets, already has a clay title this year.

Serena - I mean out of the last 3 slams she's gone Final, Final, Quarter-Final (with match points for a Semi). I know she never plays these days but I think on clay she can reach more balls than her movement has allowed her on hard courts, and she's still the best 'slam player' in the draw. She was playing well here last year.

Osaka - I've mostly included her here because she has won the last two slams, and i'm sure would love to go 3 in a row. And her attempts at sliding in Stuttgart and Madrid weren't too bad (that's a slipperier surface than RG too). Serve is still proving hard to break for the other girls. I can see her making a deep run.

Kerber - You can tell she wants to complete the set, and she's not as tragic on clay as we sometimes think. With her movement it'll take some beating her. Knows how to get through two weeks at a slam, and I actually think the time off at tournaments she doesn't care about will do her good.

Muguruza - She's played only maybe 2 or 3 good matches in the past... 6 months but always seems to show up for RG. She has made the 2nd week five years in a row. And like Angie has proven she can mentally tough out 7 matches over two weeks. Had to include her.

Sloane - Seems distracted and has frankly been... well, bad, since the YEC, but she seems to like clay a lot and is due a deep run at a big tournament. Or Madison - Always plays better at the slams, and is one of the few players who can hit through the surface. Of course she can lose to anyone when leaking errors, but as long as her shots are going in the court, she's going to be tough to beat.

Dangerous floaters (maybe not to win the whole thing but to snatch a few seeded wigs):
Sakkari - Something like 13-3 on clay this year and growing in confidence each day, fitness and determination is no question.
Vondrousova - Doesn't really have any bad losses or tournaments this year, and a GREAT game for clay.
Andreescu - Who plays with no fear against any top names and will finally be rested. Might be rusty though.
Martic - Can play well in slams and also has a lot of form on the dirt.

Didn't include Svitolina because of her slam history and injury (although many thought she was over before she went 5-0 at the YEC), or Pliskova because of her recent illness and matchup issues with some of these players. Bencic still relies on calling dad to the court every 3 games so I can't see her going super deep although she lives to upset a top name. I also have a weird feeling either Mladenovic or Garcia will have a second week run, as they've both done before.
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Really? Won't be week rest enough after rome???
it would in normal circumstances but this edition is a mess: 2 matches in one day, bad weather, fields in awful conditions, it's not only about rest but also risk of injuries.
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Bertens if she doesn't choke, but that is still a big if. Until she wins a slam or goes very close having played at her best level without being overawed I don't trust her.

Sloane always brings her best game and can go very deep again. But I'd hate it if a slam that looks so open, with no top players in amazing form and on their mostly unfavoured surface, served up a final between two top ten players in the end like her and say Osaka.

Vondrousova looks the best "dark horse" at the moment. Wouldn't even rule out Konta making perhaps the semis on current form.
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It's only WTA but I hope Bertens will win.

She's solid, composed, she knows what she's doing, her game is not hurting no one eyes and she cares.

WTA needs players like her.

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I feel Bertens is too obvious a favourite and she’ll flop. I’d like her to win a RG though before retiring.

Probably an unexpected winner like Ostapenko, Myskina or Schiavone.

Sakkari?? Vondrousova?? I know it’s extremely wild, LOL. I just have no idea. Who saw these 3 coming though? Kontaveit too if she gets it together mentally. She has the tools and has been playing better and better on clay.

I know people want to buy Mladenovic but I just can’t see it. She may repeat a deep run though like 2 years ago
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Mladenovic.

Under Sascha's guidance she'll stay unbeaten for the rest of the year.
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