Serena Williams’s absence is having an impact on the women at the French Open. With the 23-time Grand Slam champion expecting a baby in a few months, the draw is ripe for the taking. And defending champion Garbine Muruguza says the title contenders goes 15 deep!
“If you look at the records, Serena is always in the final,” Muguruza said Friday during the French Open media day. “So, for sure, it makes a difference to not have her for a good reason,” she smiles. “I feel like there are 10, 15 girls who can win the trophy. So that’s not normal.
“Before is not like that. There was always like few favorites. It’s kind of weird to have a lot more. But this year is very open. I feel like a lot of people can win.”
Muguurza opens her title defense Monday against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone.
“It’s very strange to find in the first round two past champions,” the Spaniard said. “And she’s playing well on clay. She played Bogota and another tournament where she reached the final or won. So it’s a good match to start. Honestly, it doesn’t matter really who I’m going to face. It’s going to be an interesting tournament for me to see how I can play, how my feelings are. I look forward for it.”
The 23-year-old Muguruza doesn’t have a title or a final since winning that French Open a year ago over Serena.
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