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The 2015 is loaded with questions and will surely be two weeks of action that we fans will not want miss. Is it time for a “changing of the guard” on the women’s side? If it is who will be there to take over? Underdogs like Carla Suarez Navarro can make a huge push. What? Navarro is ranked 8th and you are calling her an underdog? Yes, she has improved her game that much. She has somehow run into a monster named Serena every time, but she has played great against everyone else. it is hard for me to pick Ivanovic, Bouchard, and Wozniacki just because you never know which one of those ladies will show up. The only person outside of the top 10 that I believe has a chance to win is Vika. You’ll find the reason later on. 

On the guy’s only seven of the top eight players have a chance of winning to be frank. David Ferrer is the Aga Radwanska of men’s tennis. Both players receive high rankings, but they can not beat better players. Like ever! Last season Kei Nishikori thrusted himself into the conversation of being the best men’s player, but I do not believe he is ready to win. John Isner continues to play well in none major events, and I expect that trend to press on. More on the chances of Amercians and the French later on.  

Event Name:  

French Open

Where:

Paris, France

Dates:

5/24/15 – 6/7/15

Surface:

Clay

Tour:

WTA & ATP

Defending Champs:

Rafael Nadal & Maria Sharapova

Runner-up:     

Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep


 

 

Women’s Side:

  • All eyes are on Serena as it is her tournament to lose. She seeks to claim major win number twenty and her third straight major victory overall. Will her elbow injury prevent her from a victory?
  • Can Sharapova go into a major tourney without losing in an upset early? She should be able to come out of her quarter easily.
  • Simona Halep is a finalist from last year, will she be able to break through to get her first major win.
  • Victoria Azarenka seems to be getting back to her old self, as she is now healthy. She had Serena down for a couple of match points down in Madrid before choking. Vika is ranked 27th, but is clearly not an underdog. She will most likely face Serena in the 3rd round.
  • 1st round match I am most looking forward to seeing: Venus Williams versus Sloane Stephens. People wrote the 34-year-old Williams off a few years ago, by she has fought off disease and non-believers to get back to being a major championship threat. In 2013, Stephens was pronounced the American heir to Serena’s crown, but she followed up with an awful 2014. Sloane has been up and down all season, as her record is 11-9, but I expect her to put up a battle against Venus.

Men’s side:

  • So this guy named Rafael Nadal has won this event in the past five years. Actually, he has won nine of the past ten French Opens. He will come into the tourney ranked sixth, but I must say that I do not expect him to win this year. For his standards he has been awful on clay. Typically, he wins every match on the red stuff, but he has only won one clay tournament he entered this year. It will be tough; if anyone can defy the odds it’s him.
  • Can Novak finally win the French? No other questions needed.
  • 33-year-old, Roger Federer will pursue his second major at Roland Garros. He has played great in 2015, but can he defeat Novak and Rafa. They seem to be his kryptonite.
  • Will an American break through to win the title? No.
  • Will a Frenchman break through to win the title? No, but they have better chances than the Americans.

Top 32 Seeds:

Seed

Men

Women

1

Novak Djokovic

Serena Wiliams

2

Roger Federer

Maria Sharapova

3

Andy Murray

Simona Halep

4

Tomas Berdych

Petra Kvitova

5

Kei Nishikori

Caroline Wozniacki

6

Rafael Nadal

Eugenie Bouchard

7

David Ferrer

Ana Ivanovic

8

Stan Wawrinka

Carla Suárez Navarro

9

Martin Cilic

Ekaterina Makarova

10

Grigor Dimitrov

Andrea Petkovic

11

Feliciano Lopez

Angelique Kerber

12

Gilles Simon

Karolina Pliskova

13

Gael Monfils

Lucie Safarova

14

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

Aga Radwanska

15

Kevin Anderson

Venus Williams

16

John Isner

Madison Keys

17

David Goffin

Sara Errani

18

Tommy Robredo

Svetlana Kuznetsova

19

Roberto Bautista Agut

Elina Svitolina

20

Richard Gasquet

Sabine Lisicki

21

Pablo Cuevas

Garbiñe Muguruza

22

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Barbora Strycova

23

Leonardo Mayer

Timea Bacsinszky

24

Ernests Gulbis

Peng Shuai

25

Ivo Karlovic

Jelena Jankovic

26

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Sam Stosur

27

Bernard Tomic

Vika Azarenka

28

Fabio Fognini

Flavia Pennetta

29

Nick Kyrgios

Alizė Cornet

30

Adrian Mannarino

Irina-Camelia Begu

31

Viktor Troicki

Caroline Garcia

32

Fernando Verdasco

Zarina Diyas


My Predictions: Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic

Photo: (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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