The French Open Tennis is one of the most prominent and prestigious tennis tournaments for women. The only Grand Slam event played on clay courts, the French Open witnesses the best of players giving a tough competition to each other, to win at the Stade Roland Garros. Scheduled to take place between May 23 and June 13, the French Open 2021 will witness the coming together of top-notch players who are often touted to be successors to the likes of Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Margaret Court, Justin Henin, and Serena Williams. The legendary American tennis star Chris Evert hasnot only managed to win the tournament several times, but also left an indelible impact with her unparalleled performance.
That being said, one player who might come close to her is the young Polish tennis prodigy, IgaSwiatek. At only 19 years old, this promising player has already won her first WTA French Open. She surely has several years ahead of her to further strengthen her position and claim more French Open trophies. She is often believed to be a fitting successor to Evert. Let’s delve deeper into what chances she stands to win the French Open Final, as well as who her main rivals might be.
Can IgaSwiatek Win The French Open Again?
In last year’s French Open, IgaSwiatek made her presence felt, and how! Take a look at the French Open scores of the WTA French Open of last year, and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Swiatek won the tournament without losing a set, and during the entire event, she was in a league of her own.
In the final match against Sofia Kenin, she not only emerged victoriously but also turned out to be quite impressive! The way she gained an edge over the likes of Nadia Podoroska, Martina Trevisan, Simona Halep, and Euginie Bouchard catapulted her to immense popularity.
She withdrew in the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year, with fellow contender Simona Halep winning against her in three sets.
Can Petra Kvitova Win Her First French Open?
This excellent tennis player has delivered several impressive performances, but much to her fans’ surprise, she has neither won the French Open ever nor has she ever been in a Roland Garros final. Having been a Wimbledon winner twice, she played in the FrenchOpen Tennis semi-final last year, and could have easily played against Swiatek in the final.
We believe Petra Kvitova will have a higher degree of motivation and she will put her best foot forward to strengthen her last year’s performance. If luck favours her, we might see her playing her first Roland Garros final.
Will Ashleigh Barty Win Her Second French Open?
Ashleigh Barty is one of the players to have a superbly impressive WTA French Open score. This diminutive player from Australia emerged as the winner of the prestigious Grand Slam event in 2019. Had she taken part in the 2020 tournament, she was quite likely to be amongst the top contenders. Unfortunately, she had to give it a miss due to coronavirus, and just like Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, who have also pulled out of the 2020 Roland Garros.
It was quite a shame since Barty had previously treated us to some magnificent performances in the 2019 French Open event. In fact, it won’t be an overstatement to say that her 2-0 victory in the final against the Czech Vondrousova was one of the most brilliant triumphs in the recent French Open memory.
If Barty plays at the WTA French Open 2021 which is quite likely, she will undoubtedly be one of the top contenders for the trophy. So, it goes without saying, you won’t be making any mistake if you back her.
Intriguing, but does she stand a strong chance?
GarbineMuruguza has managed to play flawlessly for two weeks straight- a quality you need to have in order to excel at tennis. With a French Open title (2016) and a Wimbledon win (2017) to her credit, Muruguza is quite a veteran so to say. Being an energy player, it is expected that she will count on her experience to sail through this odd tournament taking place in Paris.
What sets Naomi Osaka Apart?
Naomi Osaka holds a strong ground on account of her determination and incredible ability to match up to her opponent. The way she has previously handled the spotlight at Grand Slam events has impressed many, and going by the general buzz, she may add more feathers to her hat at the French Open. Some are expecting newcomers like the Belarusian ArynaSabalenka, a powerhouse player to overcome Osaka’s outside shot, but if Osaka gets a favourable draw, then bettors should beware.
The All-Time Veteran Serena Williams
The favourite athlete of many, Serena Williams commands an iconic presence in the field of sports. Bookmakers, however, are avoiding her of late, thanks to her defeat in the second round in Italy, following a lengthy layoff. Pitted against some promising young opponents, Williams will surely need to be in her best form.
About 1,000 matches old and a three-time French Open winner, she’s the game’s biggest draw, and not for no reason. She might have to put up a strong fight, but she’s THE Serena Williams after all!
Top 2021 Predictions for Women’s French Open
Gavin Mair is the international women’s tennis expert, and shocking as it might sound, he is fading one of his favourites, the 23-year-old ArynaSabalenka until she can harness her power. This tennis player from Belarus is ranked no.1 in doubles and fourth in singles. She was a player to watch out for in the 2021 Australian Open. That marked the second time in her career when she made it to the fourth round of a grand slam tournament, and she has also gone that far in the U.S Open in 2018. According to Mair, she has continuously improved her game, and is quite a force to reckon with.
Here’s the list of female French Open winners List of the last 20 years:
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