Time again for another round of Grand Slam tennis and as you know late May is always about Roland Garros or more popularly known as the French Open.
In this year’s edition, Jelena Ostapenko is the defending champion; and below are the current rankings on women’s singles tennis.
Still, while everyone has their favorites, let’s tackle on some interesting matchups that we would like to see — Halep v Wozniacki, Ostapenko v Svitolina and of course, Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova. But whether these would actually happen depends more on whether they could win their matches rather than being grouped in the same section as some could be in a collision course even before the quarterfinals.
SIMONA HALEP v CAROLINE WOZNIACKI
Halep is grouped at the top half in section 1 while Wozniacki is at the bottom half in section 8, so this meeting would not happen until later in the tourney which is but fitting since they are ranked 1 and 2. And this is exactly why it would be interesting to watch them play against each other because while Halep is ranked number 1, she has actually never won a Grand Slam.
On the other hand, while Wozniacki has won the recent Australian Open, earlier this decade, she also became number one even without winning a Grand Slam yet. Anyway, her 2018 performance so far has catapulted her back to the top but then, she just has to show consistency that she deserves to be up there. And this makes a Halep v Wozniacki finale real interesting.
JELENA OSTAPENKO v ELINA SVITOLINA
The 20-year-old Ostapenko and the 23-year-old Svitolina are the future of women’s tennis. Hard-hitting Ostapenko is like the European version of a Serena Williams while the crafty not to mention the model-like features of Svitolina makes her something like the younger version of a Sharapova.
Svitolina is currently ranked number 4 while Ostapenko sits at number 5 which only shows their promise. Now if they could remain relatively free of major injuries throughout their careers then this would be a great rivalry to keep tabs on. As of now, Ostapenko is 2-0 against Svitolina but these were close matches — besides it’s still two matches between them.
SERENA WILLIAMS v MARIA SHARAPOVA
Now who would not want to see these old tigers face each other again? While Serena practically owns Sharapova, let’s not forget that it was against Serena that the then 17-year-old Sharapova won her first Grand Slam in 2004.
So what actually happened to these two? Although both had their share of injuries, Serena was able to recover much better than Sharapova has had. See, Sharapova who used to have ‘powerful’ first and second serves early in her career was not really able to get back to that level after successive shoulder injuries even before the turn of the decade; and throughout her career she has had three notable ones. Finally, her 15-month suspension on the ‘sensationalized’ 2016 doping scandal caused her to miss a lot of time making it tougher for her to get back to form as evidenced by her stamina.
Meanwhile, Serena has remained that powerful tennis player — winning 23 Grand Slams, the most in the Open Era — despite some injuries along the way yet until she had to take a break from the game due to motherhood.
Incidentally, both players have won the French Open in alternating fashion. Sharapova in 2012 and 2014 while Serena in 2013 and 2015 — though she won her first of three back in 2002. Serena that is.
The avalanche of matches begin today at 5pm Singapore time.