Caroline Wozniacki did what she had to do going into Roland Garros, winning the 2011 Brussels Open over China’s Peng Shuai. It marks Caroline’s fourth win of the season. She is putting together another #1 type year, but if she doesn’t win a Major, there will always be questions. That will be particularly true if Kim Clijsters wins another Major before the year is over and maintains the #2 ranking. Caroline says Majors (or Slams) are just another tournament. No, they are not. They are what define and separate the all-time greats. Having not won a Major to date, of course she says they are no more important than any other event. But the tennis world knows better. Despite her Brussels title, which included a win over defending Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone, I make Caroline only a slight favorite to win in Paris. I think if Victoria Azarenka or Maria Sharapova are healthy and in her side of the draw, Caroline could have trouble. If they are in the opposite side of the draw and Caroline meets either in a final, I think the pressure of the final might nip Vika. Maria and Caroline would be fairly equal in a final, with Caroline getting the edge. But we shall see. The French Open has a way of serving up surprise winners. Maybe somebody that nobody is expecting to win the title will emerge victorious.
Doubles – Final
Hlavackova/Voskoboeva (CZE/KAZ) d. (2) Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 36 60 105