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French OpenTennis Championships Preview - Women
From TheSports Network
Dates: Sunday, May 26th through Sunday, June 9th.
Site: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France.
Surface: Clay/Outdoors.
Capacity: Philippe-Chatrier Court: 15,109; Suzanne Lenglen Court: 10,076; Court 1: 3,805. Courts No. 2 to 18 allow a large number of spectators with unallocated seating..
Annual: 106th.
Television: NBC, ESPN 2, ESPN3, Tennis Channel, TSN, RDS.
Defending Champion: Maria Sharapova def. Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2.
Defending Doubles Champ: S.Errani/R.Vinci def. M.Kirilenko/N.Petrova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Women's Total Purse: $10,310,370 - $27,145,563 (Total Purse).
Shares (Singles): 1st Place - $1,937,068; 2nd Place - $968,670; Semifinalist - $484,335.
Seeded Players
1. Serena Williams - W, U 17. Sloane Stephens
2. Maria Sharapova - * 18. Jelena Jankovic
3. Victoria Azarenka - A 19. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
4. Agnieszka Radwanska 20. Carla Suarez Navarro
5. Sara Errani 21. Kirsten Flipkens
6. Na Li 22. Ekaterina Makarova
7. Petra Kvitova 23. Klara Zakopalova
8. Angelique Kerber 24. Julie Goerges
9. Samantha Stosur 25. Lucie Safarova
10. Caroline Wozniacki 26. Sorana Cirstea
11. Nadia Petrova 27. Yaroslava Shvedova
12. Maria Kirilenko 28. Tamira Paszek
13. Marion Bartoli 29. Varvara Lepchenko
14. Ana Ivanovic 30. Venus Williams
15. Roberta Vinci 31. Alize Cornet
16. Dominika Cibulkova 32. Sabine Lisicki
* - Defending French Open Champion
A - Australian Open Champion (2013)
W - Wimbledon Open Champion (2012)
U - U.S. Open Champion (2012)
Top Players to Watch - Finish Last Nine Years
Player (Open Record) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Maria Sharapova (37-9) QF QF 4thSF 4th QF 3rd SF Won
Sara Errani (7-5) --- --- ------ 1st 1st 1st 2nd Rup
Petra Kvitova (11-4) --- --- ------ 4th --- 1st 4th SF
Samantha Stosur (22-9) 1st 2nd 1st3rd 2nd SF Rup 3rd SF
Kaia Kanepi (12-7) --- --- 2nd1st QF 1st 2nd 3rd QF
Yaroslava Shvedova (10-5) --- --- ---1st --- 3rd QF 1st QF
Dominika Cibulkova (15-7) --- --- ---3rd 3rd SF 3rd 1st QF
Angelique Kerber (5-5) --- --- ---1st 1st --- 2nd 1st QF
Li Na (19-5) --- --- 3rd3rd --- 4th 3rd Won 4th
Svet. Kuznetsova (37-9) 4th 4th RupQF SF Won 3rd QF 4th
Victoria Azarenka (14-7) --- --- 1st1st 4th QF 1st QF 4th
Varvara Lepchenko (5-5) --- --- ---1st --- 1st 2nd 2nd 4th
Klara Zakopalova (7-9) 2nd 2nd 1st--- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 4th
Sloane Stephens (3-2) --- --- ------ --- --- --- 1st 4th
Franc. Schiavone (35-11) 4th 4th 4th3rd 3rd 1st Won Rup 3rd
A. Pavlyuchenkova (11-5) --- --- ------ 2nd 3rd 3rd QF 3rd
Agnies. Radwanska (12-6) --- --- ---1st 4th 4th 2nd 4th 3rd
Caroline Wozniacki (12-6) --- --- ---1st 3rd 3rd QF 3rd 3rd
Julia Goerges (5-4) --- --- ------ --- 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
Shuai Peng (7-6) --- 2nd 2nd--- 2nd 1st --- 3rd 3rd
Medina Garrigues (15-10) 2nd 3rd 3rd4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Nadia Petrova (24-12) 3rd SF 1st1st 3rd 2nd QF 1st 3rd
Ana Ivanovic (25-7) --- QF 3rdRup Won 4th 2nd 1st 3rd
Christina McHale (2-3) --- --- ------ --- --- 1st 1st 3rd
C. Suarez Navarro (8-4) --- --- ------ QF 3rd 1st --- 3rd
Marion Bartoli (14-12) 1st 1st 2nd4th 1st 2nd 3rd SF 2nd
Jelena Jankovic (24-9) 1st 1st 3rdSF SF 4th SF 4th 2nd
Maria Kirilenko (12-9) 2nd 1st 3rd2nd 2nd 1st 4th 4th 2nd
Jie Zheng (10-9) 4th 1st 2nd1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Lucie Safarova (8-8) --- 1st 1st4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Tsvetana Pironkova (4-7) --- --- 2nd1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
Venus Williams (41-15) QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th --- 2nd
Ekaterina Makarova (4-5) --- --- ------ 2nd 1st 1st 4th 1st
Yanina Wickmayer (5-5) --- --- ------ 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st
Roberta Vinci (3-8) 1st 1st 1st1st --- 1st 2nd 3rd 1st
Sorana Cirstea (7-5) --- --- ------ 2nd QF 1st 3rd 1st
Mona Barthel (1-2) --- --- ------ --- --- --- 3rd 1st
Alize Cornet (6-8) --- 2nd 2nd1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Sabine Lisicki (2-4) --- --- ------ 2nd 1st --- 2nd 1st
Mona Barthel (1-2) --- --- ------ --- --- --- 2nd 1st
Klara Zakopalova (4-9) 2nd 2nd 1st--- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Tamira Paszek (1-5) --- --- ---2nd 1st 1st --- 1st 1st
Monica Niculescu (0-4) --- --- ------ 1st 1st --- 1st 1st
Serena Williams (39-10) QF --- ---QF 3rd QF QF --- 1st
Laura Robson (0-1) --- --- ------ --- --- --- --- 1st
Dan. Hantuchova (18-10) 1st 3rd 4th3rd --- 1st 4th 4th ---
Kristen Flipkens (3-4) --- 2nd ------ 2nd 2nd 1st --- ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Women's Champions
Year Result
2012Maria Sharapova def. Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2
2011Li Na def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
2010Francesca Schiavone 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:
Maria Sharapova, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani, became the sixthwoman in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam championships.

With this win, Sharapova improved to 4-3 in Grand Slam finals, winning at the2004 Wimbledon Championships, 2006 U.S. Open, and Australian Open in 2008.

Sharapova took command of the final early. She quickly took a 4-0 lead in thefirst set. Although Errani showed some confidence when she broke Sharapova'sserve, both women held serve the rest of the set putting Sharapova up a set.

Sharapova dominated the second set, taking a 4-1 advantage and ultimatelywinning her first French Open. With six aces and 37 winners,Sharapova made her third title of the year look easy.

Although Errani lost in the final, her trip to Roland Garros last year wasnothing short of remarkable. Coming into the tournament, she was 0-28 againsttop-10 women, but she defeated both Sam Stosur and Angelique Kerber on herpath toward the final. In addition, she also beat Ana Ivanovic and SvetlanaKuznetsova, two former French Open winners.

All was not lost, as Errani and her partner Roberta Vinci won the French Openwomen's doubles title, defeating Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova in threesets. She was the first player to make it to both the singles and doublesfinals at Roland Garros since Kim Clijsters accomplished the feat in 2003.

This was the first match that Sharapova and Errani faced each other in theircareers and was the first time in a Grand Slam final that the women finalistshad not met head-to-head since the U.S. Open final in 2009, when Clijstersdefeated Caroline Wozniacki.

Monica Seles and Justine Henin are the only women to win the French threestraight years in the Open Era. Five other women have won it at least threeyears in a row -- Hilde Sperling, 1935-37; Helen Wills Moody, 1928-30; SuzanneLenglen, 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 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 and Rafael Nadal hold the record for playing in the most men'ssingles semifinals with seven, while Chris Evert holds that distinction forthe women (12 semifinals in 13 appearances).

The center 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. Seating up to 10,076 spectators, Court Suzanne Leglen wasbuilt in 1994 and originally called Court A. In 1997 it was renamed afterFrance's greatest female tennis player, who won the ladies singles at theFrench Open a total of six times, as well as winning the doubles twice and themixed doubles seven times.

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

Francois Jauffret and Andree Varin entered the French Open more timesthan anybody else, participating in 20 and 19 tournaments, respectively.

Since 1925, the men's and women's singles have each been won by left-handerson 17 and 10 occasions, respectively. The most recent were Rafael Nadal in2012 and Monica Seles in 1992.