ean Gachassin president of the FFT, Women's champion Na Li of China, runner up Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Evonne Cawley pose with the trophies during the women's singles final match between Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Na Li of China on day fourteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on J (credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Sunday sees the start of
the 2012 French Open championships in Roland Garros, Paris with the identity of
the women champion anyone’s guess.
The female draw is wide open with a first time winner winning the last four titles and a
final hasn’t gone to three sets since 2001.
Reigning champion Li Na
must be a threat but the favourites will most likely be current Australian Open
Champion Victoria Azarenka and many time grand slam winner Serena Williams.
The favourite for this
year’s title is Serena Williams at 3.50 with Unibet, even though she hasn’t won a French
Open since 2002. She does however have
13 Grand Slam’s to her name and comes into the tournament in good form.
Close behind Serena is
Victoria Azarenka, world number 1 and Australian Open Champion at 3.60. Her record in the French Open can only be
described as average, with her best just two quarter final appearances in six
attempts. However, she has only lost
three matches this year so will definitely be a threat.
Li Na is hoping to be the
first woman to retain the trophy since Justine Henin in 2007 and she is in
decent form having recently been a finalist in Rome and can be backed at
The player coming into
the tournament with the best form is arguably three-time major winner Maria
Sharapova and her price of 6.00 might attract some followers, although the
French Open is the only grand slam she hasn’t won and she is yet to reach a
“In the women’s draw it
is tough to call, with 30% roughly being placed on Serena Williams and Victoria
Azarenka respectively – with the rest of the money spread across the field.” Head of Unibet’s Sportsbook, Erik Backlund told Live-Tennis.com.