French Open 2013
The long wait for the second Grand Slam of the year is finally over. For the next two weeks, Roland Garros will be the main focus for tennis enthusiasts all around the world. We will see if the favorites of the first part of the year will continue to separate themselves from the field, as we move through a physical and telling part of the season. Djokovic and Azarenka left their statements early in the year as to what their intentions were but as the tournaments moved from the hard courts to the clay courts Nadal and Serena Williams interrupted their plans. Nadal coming back so quickly to some of his best tennis clearly shows that his decision to take extended time off to heal from his back injury was a great decision. In Rome, he won a convincing final against Federer, already his sixth title of the year. For the men, Nadal is not only my pick but is a clear favorite to hold up the trophy. However, Djokovic, who beat Nadal in Monte Carlo is a close second. After those two, and add to that Federer, very little is left for a dark horse to win but based on present form I’d have to give the nod to Ferrer and Berdych to go deep into the tournament. Disappointing for tennis that Del Potro and Murray had to pull out of the French Open; let’s all wish the two of them a speedy recovery for Wimbledon.
The world‘s number one Serena Williams can come to the French Open with a lot of confidence with her 24 straight victories and convincing wins in the Madrid final against Sharapova and Azarenka in Rome. I can only imagine that last year’s first round loss makes her more eager to win once again in Paris. Despite the recent domination of Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka will make sure she has to play her best if they are to lose against her. A few players to keep an eye on for an upset are Errani, one of the natural clay court players, whose been playing well the past few weeks, as well as Ivanovic and Li Na. And I can’t help but hope that the German players have a great tournament.
Regardless how the predictions play out, we are all guaranteed an exciting two weeks of tennis.