Although she has yet to win a Major title, I had Caroline Wozniacki as the favorite at Roland Garros until beaten. She had just come off a clay court title in Brussels where she defeated defending Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone along the way. But now that Caroline has lost in the third round to Daniela Hantuchova, along with Samantha Stosur losing to Gisela Dulko, the top half of the draw has become quite intriguing.
Who comes out of the top half of the draw might be determined by the upcoming Schiavone vs. Jelena Jankovic match. Schiavone is the reigning champion of the event, but has not won a title this year. However, in her last two tournaments, she reached the quarterfinals in Rome and the semifinals in Brussels, losing to Samantha Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki respectively. Both of those players are now out of Roland Garros. But Jelena is a tough draw. She is a former #1 player who can beat anybody on a given day. Jelena leads their head-to-head 3 to 1, but they have not played since 2009 when Jelena beat Francesca at Marabella on clay. No matter which player wins, they will have their hands full in the next round with the Vera Zvonareva-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova winner. Things are really starting to get interesting.
But what would add an especially interesting angle would be if Marion Bartoli could advance to the final from the top half of the draw. In the Open Era (starting in 1968), only one woman representing France, Mary Pierce in 2000, has won the Roland Garros singles title. Pierce also was a finalist in 1994 and 2005, losing to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Justine Henin. Bartoli has already been in the final of Wimbledon, but should she reach the Roland Garros final, she would have all of France cheering her on.
Singles – Third Round
(28) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 61 63
(3) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (29) Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 12 ret. (viral illness)
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 16 63
(10) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 62 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (17) Julia Goerges (GER) 36 62 64
(13) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 60 64
(14) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 36 63 63