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French OpenTennis Championships Preview - Women
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Dates: Sunday, May 27th through Sunday, June 10th
Site: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
Surface: Clay/Outdoors
Capacity: Philippe Chatrier Court: 15,109; Suzanne LenglenCourt: 10,068; Court 1: 3,757
Annual: 105th
Television: NBC, ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, TSN, RDS
Defending Champion: Li Na defeated Francesca Schiavone, 6-4,7-6 (7-0)
Doubles Champions: Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka d.Mirza/Vesnina, 6-4, 6-3
Women's Purse: $8,335,970 - $23,806,575 (Total Purse)
Shares: 1st Place - $1,590,000; 2nd Place - $795,000;Semifinalist - $395,000
Seeded Players
1Victoria Azarenka - A 17 Roberta Vinci
2 MariaSharapova 18 Flavia Pennetta
3Agnieszka Radwanska 19 Jelena Jankovic
4 PetraKvitova - W 20 Lucie Safarova
5 SerenaWilliams 21 Sara Errani
6Samantha Stosur - U 22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
7 Li Na -* 23 Kaia Kanepi
8 MarionBartoli 24 Petra Cetkovska
9Caroline Wozniacki 25 Julia Goerges
10Angelique Kerber 26 Svetlana Kuznetskova
11 VeraZvonareva 27 Nadia Petrova
12 SabineLisicki 28 Shuai Peng
13 AnaIvanovic 29 Anabel Medina Garrigues
14Francesca Schiavone 30 Mona Barthel
15Dominika Cibulkova 31 Zheng Jie
16 MariaKirilenko 32 Monica Niculescu
* - Defending Champion
A - Australian Open Champion (2012)
W - Wimbledon Champion (2011)
U - U.S. Open Champion (2011)
Top Players to Watch - Finish Last Nine Years
Player(Open Record) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Li Na(16-4) --- --- --- 3rd 3rd --- 4th 3rd Won
Franc.Schiavone (33-10) 2nd 4th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st Won Rup
MariaSharapova (30-9) 1st QF QF 4th SF 4th QF 3rd SF
MarionBartoli (13-11) 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd SF
Svet.Kuznetsova (34-8) 1st 4th 4th Rup QF SF Won 3rd QF
A.Pavlyuchenkova (9-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd 3rd QF
Victoria Azarenka (11-6) --- --- --- 1st 1st 4th QF 1st QF
JelenaJankovic (23-8) --- 1st 1st 3rd SF SF 4th SF 4th
MariaKirilenko (10-8) --- 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 4th 4th
Dan.Hantuchova (18-10) - WD 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd --- 1st 4th 4th
Agnies.Radwanska (10-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 4th 4th 2nd 4th
VeraZvonareva (18-8) QF 3rd 3rd 1st --- 4th --- 2nd 4th
Ekaterina Makarova (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 4th
PetraKvitova (6-3) --- --- --- --- --- 4th --- 1st 4th
Samantha Stosur (17-8) --- 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd SF Rup 3rd
Caroline Wozniacki (10-5)--- --- --- --- 1st 3rd 3rd QF 3rd
JarmilaGajdosova (8-6) --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd
YaninaWickmayer (5-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
KaiaKanepi (8-6) --- --- --- 2nd 1st QF 1st 2nd 3rd
RobertaVinci (3-7) --- 1st 1st 1st 1st --- 1st 2nd 3rd
JuliaGoerges (3-3) --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd
ShuaiPeng (5-5) --- --- 2nd 2nd --- 2nd 1st --- 3rd
A.Medina Garrigues (13-9)--- 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
JieZheng (9-8) --- 4th 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
LucieSafarova (7-7) --- --- 1st 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
AlizeCornet (6-7) --- --- 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
Tsvetana Pironkova (3-6) --- --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
SaraErrani (1-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 2nd
SabineLisicki (2-3) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st --- 2nd
MonaBarthel (1-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd
NadiaPetrova (22-11) SF 3rd SF 1st 1st 3rd 2nd QF 1st
FlaviaPennetta (12-9) 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 4th 1st 4th 1st
ShaharPeer (11-5) --- --- 3rd 4th 4th 1st --- 4th 1st
Dominika Cibulkova (11-6)--- --- --- --- 3rd 3rd SF 3rd 1st
AnaIvanovic (23-6) --- --- QF 3rd Rup Won 4th 2nd 1st
KlaraZakopalova (4-8) 1st 2nd 2nd 1st --- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Angelique Kerber (1-4) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st --- 2nd 1st
IvetaBenesova (7-10) 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Christina McHale (0-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st
MonicaNiculescu (0-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st --- 1st
SerenaWilliams (39-9) SF QF --- --- QF 3rd QF QF ---
VenusWilliams (40-14) 4th QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th ---
PetraCetkovska (3-2) --- --- --- --- --- 4th 1st --- ---
1st - First Round Loser QF -Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF -Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup -Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Didnot play
Past Women's Champions
YearResult
2011Li Na def.Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
2010FrancescaSchiavone def. Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2009Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-2
2008Ana Ivanovic def. Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-3
2007Justine Henin def. Ana Ivanovic, 6-1, 6-2
2006Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-4
2005Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Mary Pierce, 6-1, 6-1
2004Anastasia Myskina def. Elena Dementieva, 6-1, 6-2
2003Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Kim Clijsters, 6-0, 6-4
2002Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-3
2001Jennifer Capriati def. Kim Clijsters, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10
2000Mary Pierce def. Conchita Martinez, 6-2, 7-5
1999Steffi Graf def. Martina Hingis, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
1998Arantxa Sanchez Vicario def. Monica Seles, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-2
1997Iva Majoli def. Martina Hingis, 6-4, 6-2
1996Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-8
1995Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
1994Arantxa Sanchez Vicario def. Mary Pierce, 6-4, 6-4
1993Steffi Graf def. Mary Joe Fernandez, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
1992Monica Seles def. Steffi Graf, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8
1991Monica Seles def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-4
1990Monica Seles def. Steffi Graf, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
1989Arantxa Sanchez Vicario def. Steffi Graf, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-5
1988Steffi Graf def. Natasha Zvereva, 6-0, 6-0
1987Steffi Graf def. Martina Navratilova, 6-4, 4-6, 8-6
1986Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Martina Navratilova, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
1985Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Martina Navratilova, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
1984Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-3, 6-1
1983Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Mima Jausovec, 6-1, 6-2
1982Martina Navratilova def. Andrea Jaeger, 7-6, 6-1
1981Hana Mandlikova def. Sylvia Hanika, 6-2, 6-4
1980Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Virginia Ruzici, 6-0, 6-3
1979Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Wendy Turnbull, 6-2, 6-0
1978Virginia Ruzici def. Mima Jausovec, 6-2, 6-2
1977Mima Jausovec def. Florenta Mihai, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
1976Sue Barker def. Renata Tomanova, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
1975Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Martina Navratilova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
1974Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Olga Morozova, 6-1, 6-2
1973Margaret Court def. Chris Evert, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
1972Billy Jean King def. Evonne Goolagong, 6-3, 6-3
1971Evonne Goolagong def. Helen Gourlay, 6-3, 7-5
1970Margaret Court def. Helga Niessen, 6-2, 6-4
1969Margaret Smith-Court def. Ann Jones, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
1968Nancy Richey def. Ann Jones, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
1967Francoise Durr def. Lesley Turner, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
1966Ann Jones def. Nancy Richey, 6-3, 6-1
1965Lesley Turner def. Margaret Smith, 6-3, 6-4
1964Margaret Smith def. Maria Bueno, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
1963Lesley Turner def. Ann Haydon-Jones, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
1962Margaret Smith def. Lesley Turner, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
1961Ann Haydon def. Yola Ramirez, 6-2, 6-1
1960Darlene Hard def. Yola Ramirez, 6-3, 6-4
1959Christine Truman def. Zsuzsi Kormoczi, 6-4, 7-5
1958Zsuzsi Kormoczy def. Shirley Bloomer, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
1957Shirley Bloomer def. Dorothy Knode, 6-1, 6-3
1956Althea Gibson def. Angela Mortimer, 6-0, 12-10
1955Angela Mortimer def. Dorothy Knode, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
1954Maureen Connolly def. Ginette Bucaille, 6-4, 6-1
1953Maureen Connolly def. Doris Hart, 6-2, 6-4
1952Doris Hart def. Shirley Fry, 6-4, 6-4
1951Shirley Fry def. Doris Hart, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
1950Doris Hart def. Patricia Todd, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
1949Margaret Osbourne-DuPont def. Nelly Adamson, 7-5, 6-2
1948Nelly Landry def. Shirley Fry, 6-2, 0-6, 6-0
1947Patricia Todd def. Doris Hart, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
1946Margaret Osbourne def. Pauline Betz, 1-6, 8-6, 7-5
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Not Held
1941Not Held
1940Not Held
1939Simone Mathieu def. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, 6-3, 8-6
1938Simone Mathieu def. Nelly Landry, 6-0, 6-3
1937Hilde Sperling def. Simone Mathieu, 6-2, 6-4
1936Hilde Sperling def. Simone Mathieu, 6-3, 6-4
1935Hilde Sperling def. Simone Mathieu, 6-2, 6-1
1934Margaret Scriven def. Helen Jacobs, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
1933Margaret Scriven def. Simone Mathieu, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
1932Helen Wills-Moody def. Simone Mathieu, 7-5, 6-1
1931Cilly Aussem def. Betty Nuthall, 8-6, 6-1
1930Helen Wills-Moody def. Helen Jacobs, 6-2, 6-1
1929Helen Wills def. Simone Mathieu, 6-3, 6-4
1928Helen Wills def. Eileen Bennett, 6-1, 6-2
1927Kea Bouman def. Irene Peacock, 6-2, 6-4
1926Suzanne Lenglen def. Mary K. Browne, 6-1, 6-0
1925Suzanne Lenglen def. Kathleen McKane, 6-1, 6-2
1924Diddie Vlasto def. Jeanne Vaussard, 6-2, 6-3
1923Suzanne Lenglen def. Germaine Golding, 6-1, 6-4
1922Suzanne Lenglen def. Germaine Golding, 6-4, 6-2
1921Suzanne Lenglen def. Germaine Golding, walkover
1920Suzanne Lenglen def. M.Broquedis-Billout, 6-1, 7-5
1919Not Held
1918Not Held
1917Not Held
1916Not Held
1915Not Held
1914Marguerite Broquedis def. Suzanne Lenglen, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
1913Marguerite Broquedis def. Jeanne Matthey
1912Jeanne Matthey def. Danet
1911Jeanne Matthey def. Marguerite Broquedis
1910Jeanne Matthey def. Marguerite Broquedis
1909Jeanne Matthey def. Gallay
1908Kate Gillou-Fenwick def. Pean
1907Comtesse de Kermel def. d'Elva
1906Kate Gillou-Fenwick def. Mac Veagh
1905Kate Gillou def. Y. de Pfooffel, 6-0, 11-9
1904Kate Gillou def. F. Masson
1903F. Masson def. Kate Gillou, 6-0, 6-8, 6-0
1902F. Masson def. P. Girod
1901P. Girod def. Leroux
1900Y.Prevost
1899F. Masson
1898F. Masson
1897F. Masson def. P. Girod, 6-3, 6-1
NOTES:
Prior to 2011, Li Na had never reached a final in her previous 18 Grand Slamappearances. That all changed in last year, as she not only finished runner-upat the Australian Open, but captured the French Open.

With the win, Li became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singlestitle, as she defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0).Li was dominant in most of the match, until Schiavone, who was seeking tobecome the first back-to-back winner of this championship since Justine Heninwon three straight from 2005-07, rallied in the second set.

Trailing 4-2, Schiavone captured the next three games to push Li to thebreaking point, but to no avail, as she held and pushed the set to a tiebreak,where she blanked the fifth seed. The victory was the fifth career WTA titlefor Li, and also her last.

Li was certainly tested from the beginning of the championship, as she wasforced to three sets in her opening round match. After two straight-set wins,Li outlasted ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova in three sets. Li, who was the sixthseed, knocked off Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, the fourth and seventhseeds in straight sets to reach the final against Schiavone.

After failing to reach the quarterfinals in eight previous appearances inParis, Schiavone broke through in 2010 to capture the French Open. In doing so,she became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title.

The 17th-seeded Schiavone was a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) winner over Australian SamanthaStosur, as she fired six aces and dominated the play when approaching the net.She was also the first Italian woman to ever contest in a Grand Slam final,advancing to the championship match after Elena Dementieva abruptly retiredfrom their semifinal match with a leg injury.

Schiavone barely survived the opening round, as she needed three sets to edgeRegina Kulikova. Schiavone, who has not won since the French, eased into thequarterfinals where she met world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Schiavone woneasily, 6-2, 6-3.

Svetlana Kuznetsova captured her second career Grand Slam title in 2009 with astraight-set victory over fellow Russian Dinara Safina. Kuznetsova earned a6-4, 6-2 triumph over the top-seeded Safina for her second major championship,and first since the 2004 U.S. Open as a 19-year-old. She was also the runner-upat the 2006 French Open, losing to Justine Henin, and also fell to the Belgiangreat in the 2007 U.S. Open final.

Kuznetsova's road to the final was not an easy task, as she had to hold offAgnieszka Radwanska, the 12th seed, in three sets in the fourth round, No. 2seed Serena Williams in three sets in the quarterfinals, and then Stosur, the30th seed, in the semifinals, also in three sets. Safina cruised into thequarterfinals without losing a set, but was taken to three against VictoriaAzarenka. Her semifinal match was a straight-set affair against DominikaCibulkova, but she faltered in the final.

Monica Seles and Henin are the only women to win the French three straightyears in the Open Era. Five other women have won it at least three years in arow -- Hilde Sperling, 1935-37; Helen Wills Moody, 1928-30; Suzanne Lenglen,1920-23; Jeanne Matthey, 1909-12; and Adine Masson, 1897-99.

The women's championship match has not reached three sets since 2001, whenJennifer Capriati defeated Kim Clijsters in a thriller, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Prior to 1925, entries were not accepted from all countries. Only five playersfrom France have won this event, combined, on the men's and women's side. OnlyNelly Landry (1948), Francoise Durr (1967) and Mary Pierce (2000) have won thewomen's singles since the war, while Marcel Bernard (1946) and Yannick Noah(1983) are the sole French victors on the men's side.

Henri Cochet holds the record for playing in the most men's singles semifinals(7), while Chris Evert holds that distinction for the women (12 semifinals in13 appearances).

The centre court was re-christened Court Philippe Chatrier in 2001, in tributeto the former president of the FFT (from 1973-93) and the ITF (1977-91), whopassed away in 2000.

Simone Mathieu holds the record for the highest number of losing appearances inthe final of the women's singles. She fell at the last hurdle on no less thansix occasions, in 1929, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1937.

Francois Jauffret and Andree Varin have entered the French Open more times thananybody else, participating in 20 and 19 tournaments, respectively.

Since 1925, the men's and women's singles have each been won by lefthanders on16 and 10 occasions, respectively. The most recent were Nadal in 2011 andMonica Seles in 1992.

Andrea Petkovic, the 16th-ranked women's player, has withdrawn from thechampionship due to a right ankle injury. Daniela Hantuchova will also miss theFrench Open due to a left foot injury. She is ranked 18th.


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