Defending champion Iga Swiatek of Poland will look to observe the footsteps of Justine Henin and be the primary for the reason that Belgian to win two French Open titles in a row when the clay courtroom Grand Slam commences on Sunday.
Having by no means progressed past the fourth spherical of a girls’s main, 19-year-old Iga broke by way of for her maiden Grand Slam title final 12 months, upstaging American Sofia Kenin on the French Open in Paris.
Solely three gamers have gained a number of titles within the girls’s match on the French Open on this century — Justine (four), American Serena Williams (three) and Russia’s Maria Sharapova (2).
Iga celebrated French Open glory final 12 months within the absence of world No.1 and defending champion Australia’s Ash Barty.
No participant has gained extra video games on clay this season than Ash and Russia’s world No. 30 Veronika Kudermetova (each 13) and the 2 could be fancying their probabilities right here.
The sector additionally contains world No. 2 Naomi Osaka, four-time Grand Slam title winner and reigning Australian Open champion, and world No. four Belarusian Ayna Sabalenka. Ayna might turn into solely the third girl to win the Madrid Open and French Open in the identical season after American Serena Williams (2013) and Maria Sharapova (2014).
Whereas her final 12 months’s title run will go down as one of the vital dominant shows at a Slam, Iga is underneath no delusion that her path to a repeat shall be simple.