French Open 2018: From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza, a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

From World No 1 Simona Halep to defending champion Jelena Ostapenko, here's a look at the top female contenders for the Roland Garros title.

Reuters May 27, 2018 19:07:07 IST
French Open 2018: From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza, a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Penpix of the top women's contenders at the 2018 French Open:

Simona Halep

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

World No 1 Simona Halep finished runners-up on two occasions at Roland Garros. Will it be third time lucky for the Romanian? AP

World ranking: 1

Grand Slam titles: 0

Best Roland Garros performance: Runner-up (2014, 2017)

2018 WTA match record: 28-6

2018 WTA titles: 1

Biggest weapons: Precise shot-making, sharp tactics and fantastic defensive qualities make her a strong contender on clay.

Biggest weakness: Halep shoulders a heavy reputation for folding at key moments in big matches, which is sure to weigh on her if she reaches the business end of the tournament. Also lacks the firepower of some of her rivals.

Jelena Ostapenko

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko is favourite to retain her title but will face a challenge from Halep and Garbine Muguruze. AP

World ranking: 5

Grand Slam titles: 1

Best Roland Garros performance: Winner (2017)

2018 WTA match record: 12-11

2018 WTA titles: 0

Biggest weapon: Her fearlessness. The Latvian's groundstrokes scorch the court and she generates tremendous power with her forehand and backhand.

Biggest weakness: Inconsistency. Her go-for-broke attitude on every point means she often racks up as many unforced errors as she does winners.

Garbine Muguruza

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Garbine Muguruza is a proven match-winner on clay having won the title in Paris in 2016. AP

World ranking: 3

Grand Slam titles: 2

Best Roland Garros performance: Winner (2016)

2018 WTA match record: 15-9

2018 WTA titles: 1

Biggest weapon: Muguruza's height enables her to clobber huge groundstrokes and take the ball early. Has already proven herself a Grand Slam champion.

Biggest weakness: Sometimes lacks a Plan B when things do not go her way.

Maria Sharapova

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Competing at Roland Garros for the first time since serving her 15-month doping ban, Maria Sharapova has been handed a tough draw but will be looking to challenge for her third title in Paris. AP

World ranking: 29

Slam titles: 5

Best Roland Garros performance: Winner (2012, 2014)

2018 WTA match record: 12-7

2018 WTA titles: 0

Biggest weapon: Her ferocious fighting spirit makes her one of the toughest opponents to finish off. Powerful groundstrokes help her to control matches from the baseline.

Biggest weakness: Poor court coverage and a lack of variation in her game. It will also be interesting to see how the famously fickle French crowd reacts to the Russian on her first return to Roland Garros since her doping ban.

Caroline Wozniacki

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Caroline Wozniacki won her first-ever Grand Slam when she beat Halep in the Australian Open final this year and she will be looking to add to her Grand Slam tally. AP

World ranking: 2

Grand Slam titles: 1

Best Roland Garros performance: Quarter-finals (2010, 2017)

2018 WTA match record: 23-8

2018 WTA titles: 1

Biggest weapon: Wozniacki's tenacity, rather than searing power, can wear down opponents. Has a cool head under pressure.

Biggest weakness: Lacks a killer shot and has a tendency to get drawn into long rallies at the baseline. Has never looked completely comfortable on the Roland Garros clay.

Serena Williams

French Open 2018 From Simona Halep to Garbine Muguruza a look at female contenders for Roland Garros title

Serena Williams is playing her first major since returning from maternity leave and it will be interesting to see if she has regained full match fitness. AP

World ranking: 453

Grand Slam titles: 23 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017; French Open 2002, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; U.S. Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Best Roland Garros performance: Winner (2002, 2013, 2015)

2018 WTA match record: 2-2

2018 WTA titles: 0

Biggest weapon: One of the best serves in the history of women's tennis combined with heavy, punishing groundstrokes. An on-court demeanour that can intimidate opponents.

Biggest weakness: A question mark hangs over her fitness level ahead of her first Grand Slam since the birth of her daughter.

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