2009 French Open Preview

by The Insider on May 23, 2009 · 2 comments

in Grand Slams

The French Open 2009 will be starting in less than one day at Roland Garros, but who actually stands a chance of winning and who might as well of stayed home!

Raphael Nadal is of course the king of the clay and he will be very hard to beat this year. Rafael lost last week to Roger Federer in Madrid, but now that he has had a few days off to recover I can see him being back on full form.

Roger Federer has a lot more confidence coming into Roland Garros after his win over Nadal in Madrid. Roger has been playing some of the best clay court tennis of his life and he seems very focused. Roger has a few tough matches against clay court specialists in the first few rounds, so if he gets through the first couple rounds then I expect him to be in the final again.

Dinara Safina comes into Roland Garros as the number one player in the world and also the number one seed. Dinara has never won a Grand Slam and this is where she is expected to be at the top. Dinara has Ivanovic in her quarter so it will be interesting to see if Ivanovic can bring to the table a good performance or if she will leave the draw early.

Maria Sharapova is heading to Rome with not a chance of winning the tournament. Maria returned to the tour only last week in Warsaw and lost in the quarterfinals. Im quite surprised that Maria has returned to play the French Open, but then again she has a few points to defend.

Upsets are going to come quick and fast, as they always do at the French Open. Ivo Karlovic (26) is playing Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the Mens singles and I think that we could see Hewitt beat Karlovic the seeded player in the first round. I can also see Jo-Wilfied Tsonga (9) having a few issues in the first round when he plays fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Additionally it is going to be interesting to see Radek Stepanek (18) play Gaston Gaudio (wildcard) in the first round, Gaston has already won the tournament here so will be interesting to see if he can find some form. Jelena Jankovic (5) could have a tough first round match with Petra Cetkovska. Plus I would be very surprised if Sybille Bammer (28) can get passed Nathalie Dechy in the opening round. Dechy is a local faourite and has always performed very well at Roland Garros.

If you have any thoughts on some upsets or who is going to win the tournament then please let us know in the comments.

Remember the official French Open website is RolandGarros.com

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