World No. 1 Serena Williams righted her ship last week with the Rome title, her first of the year and some momentum going into the defense of Roland Garros next week.
The last two weeks have been forgettable for the top seeds on the WTA tour as most made early exits in Madrid and Rome. Unseeded Dominika Cibulkova made the Madrid final, and unseeded Madison Keys the Rome final as the seeds parted to their gain.
Is there more of the same in store in Paris?
The event will be without former champ and No. 1 Maria Sharapova after the Russian’s doping suspension. Clay favorite Flavia Pennetta has retired. Teen Belinda Bencic, who has shown she can hang with the big dogs, has withdrawn from Roland Garros citing a back injury. Venus Williams will play, but her results this year have shown she is on her last leg.
Now former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the French citing her ongoing ankle injury.
Victoria Azarenka has been hurting of late, as has Aggie Radwanska and a handful of other top players with niggling injuries. Does the WTA need to add a two-week rest period in the middle of the year?
The French Open draw takes place on Friday — and all signs point to at least half the quarterfinals being unseeded players as the unpredictable WTA tour limps into the halfway point.
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