After lifting the trophy in the delayed Roland Garros of 2020, who could have predicted that Swiatek would now be such a dominant force in the women’s game. She has ascended to the World No. 1 position vacated by Ashleigh Barty with ease and could be on course for a second Slam.
If the seedings run to form, the blip could be Jelena Ostapenko who leads their head-to-head, but they have never met on clay, and in Swiatek’s current form, who would count her out of getting her first win over the Latvian.
It was a 12-match unbeaten run that took Krejcikova from the Strasbourg title to the Roland Garros title and her maiden singles Slam, as well as the doubles title. Despite a solid enough start to the year in Australia, an elbow I jury has ruled the Czech out of the rest of the season since Doha.
Badosa suffered her most recent loss to Veronika Kudermetova in a run of two early losses in Madrid and Rome, losing to her in Spain. After reaching the Istanbul final, it has been a bit of a miserable run in for the Spaniard, but if she can pick up some form, she should be able to match or better last year’s quarter-final appearance.
It was a real heartbreaker of a loss for Sakkari last year to the eventual champion Krejcikova, when many thought that this would be her time. The beginning of the year was consistent enough for the Greek but the clay has not been the happiest of hunting grounds, with her best performance being the Rome quarter-final.
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