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Hi guys,

Was just wondering who you think are the top 10 unseeded threats to knock out a seed at this year's French Open. My choices would be:

1 Lisicki- Great year, future top 5 player IMO, if injury free, quaters are a realistic goal for her.

2 Hantuchova - v experienced, playing ok, threat to lower seeds but no futher than R4, I think..

3 Dokic - Been quiet of late, but can't ignore someone of her ball stricking ability. Another AO run possible?..

4 Sharapova - A threat just beacause of who she is, but 9 months out, coupled with clay courts don't bode well for a long run..

5 Szavay - Been underperforming for a long time now, but I sense she has her game back on track and wouldn't be surprised to see her do well

6 M J Martinez Sanchez - her ability to mix up the plays could drive more fancied players to distraction. Should be confident too after great run in Rome.

7 Vinci - very solid results on the clay this year. She has experience on her side and is overdue a good Grand Slam run..

8 Safarova - she is very good when in the zone, has the power and seems to be picking her game up of late..

9 A Bondarenko - horrid year, but having good week this week and is so steady on this surface, will be a threat to anyone not at the top of their game.

10 Dulko - Decent year, always a threat on dirt, but lack of power will prevent her taking out any of top 8.
 

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Lisicki not seeded :eek:
 

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A. Bondarenko & Szavay will be seeded in my opinion after her QF run in Madrid.
Hantuchova can beat a seeded player to reach 3rd or 4th round with a huge of luck.
Sharapova will show what she can do in Warsaw but a 4th round is possible.
Safarova, Lisicki & Dokic will have their chances to 3rd round.
The others are unsure what they can do.
 

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Well about a month ago i said Suarez Navarro, Cornet and Kirilenko and they are all struggling.

Lisicki might be seeded. I assume that of the top 32, Sharapova uses the sr, and Srebotnik and Zvonareva are out. I think that leaves her 2 or 3 spots out, and with the roadmap, they are dropping like flies.

I don't think i have ever been more excited for a slam. Realistically, you normally pick one of the top 8, but literally anyone can win this.

Question-when was the last time a unseeded player won the French? Someone ranked below 16th?
 

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maria sharapova.
 

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Good list.
I would add:
- Vesnina- consistent results all year long, defeating 5 top 20 players
- Makarova (if not seeded)- 2 WTA finals
- Schiavone- still has something in the bag, nice results at Premier events lately
- A. Bondarenko- seeing this week's results
- Groenefeld- Estoril SF, easy wins in Madrid until the close defeat to Petrova
- Wickmayer- Estoril winner, could be a threat for lower seeds, but she still has to win her first GS match after 4 attempts- her mental toughness will be a factor
- Czink, Yakimova- both have been struggling for years, keeping away from top 100 most of the time, but this year they seem to have found their best form again- they've defeated top 30 players on this surface this year
- Rezai- nice results on clay lately

Also:
- Vaidisova- God knows what can happen with her
- K. Bondarenko- dangerous opponent if she's on
- Sprem- awful loss in Rome, but she's had such a good year, every seeded player will need to be careful and playing well when meeting her
 

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Nicole Vaidisova should be added to the list. Even though she hasn't been playing that great lately, she made the semis here three years ago and also wasn't playing well before Wimbledon last year, where she made the QF.

She is always dangerous at slams.
 

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Julia Vakulenko ;)
 
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