Let’s get this out of the way right now: Serena Williams is going to win the French Open.
Now, on with the preview show.
The younger Williams sister is the top seed, and opens against Anna Tatishvili. Her stiffest opposition will come…I don’t know, never? Maybe Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka in the final, two players she rolls on red clay. Yawn.
Also in Serena’s top quarter are No. 26 Sorana Cirstea vs. Kiki Bertens in an upset alert, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Laura Robson in an upset alert, No. 22 Eraterina Makarova vs. former French champ Svetlana Kuznetsova in an upset alert, and No. 8 Angie Kerber in an interesting match-up against unpredictable German Mona Barthel.
The second quarter also has a number of interesting meetings in No. 5 seed and former runner-up Sara Errani vs. former world junior No. 1 Arantxa Rus, No. 4 Aggie Radwanska vs. veteran Shahar Peer, No. 30 Venus Williams vs. now-upset-specialist Urszula “Not That” Radwanska, No. 11 Nadia Petrova vs. fast-rising Puerto Rican Monica Puig (winner to possibly face Madison Keys), and No. 20 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Simona “The Reducer” Halep.
The third quarter? Also lots o’ upset alerts.
Watch for former champ No. 6 Li Na against Anabel “Funky Cold” Medina Garrigues. She likes to do the wild thing. Also No. 23 Klara Zakopalova vs. Kaia Kanepi, No. 21 Kirsten Flipkens in a guaranteed upset at the hands of Italian Flavia Pennetta (winner to likely face Italian and former champ Francesca Schiavone), and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka vs. Russina veteran Elena Vesnina.
The bottom quarter? More upsets!
Watch for No. 7 Petra Kvitova vs. Aravane Rezai (if that doesn’t get her, next up is the Shuai Peng/Camila Giorgi winner), No. 18 Jelena Jankovic vs. Daniela Hantuchova, and No. 9-seeded tighten-upper Sam Stosur vs. the ageless grinder Kimiko Date-Krumm.
It’s Serena’s title — it’s just a matter of who emerges from the giant red cloud of upsets over the next fortnight.
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