Kim Clijsters On The Fence For French Open 2011

French Open 2011
By Hiland Doolittle, May 11th, 2011

Kim Clijsters has not had a great deal of success at Roland Garros and her status for the French Open 2011 beginning May 17th and running through June 5th is not definite.  The world’s second ranked woman may be opening a Pandora’s Box of opportunity for a host of young talent ready to fill the 2010 Player of The Year’s shoes.


Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters

While Kim Clijsters has been nursing a bad elbow, there has been a flurry of activity and a shift in the star-power of the WTA.  Still leading the women is top ranked Dane Caroline Wozniacki who has won more matches than any tour player each of the past two years and is headed in the same direction this year.  Caroline will be the top seed at French Open 2011 and just may be ready to dispel the rumors about her inability to win Grand Slam tournaments.  The Grande Dane is 31-6 this year, has won three titles and been runner-up in three other WTA tournaments.  The clay court may serve her game quite well as Caroline (5/1) can chase down a lot of balls.

The Blonde powerhouse Victoria Azarenka has leap-frogged the field to take over the number 4 WTA ranking.  Victoria has won 2 WTA titles this season and boasts a solid 25-7 won-lost record in 2011.  Victoria has found the confidence that has eluded her and seems poised to give the Danish Princess a run for the money.  At 4/1, Victoria is the early favorite to win the Grand Slam in Paris.

If Clijsters is healed to play, she is a good wager at 8/1.  Her 2011 record is 21-4 and although she has never won on the red clay, she is two-time finalist and is a proven Grand Slam winner.  Kim is the Belgium nobody wants to play.

Last year’s runner-up Samantha Stosur, Vera Zvonareva and Petra Kvitova are all at 10/1 on the early book.  Stosur is regarded as a great clay courter but her 15-11 record this season is barely keeping her ranked seventh.  Stosur was a heavy favorite to claim her first Grand Slam last year but was unnerved by the aggressive play of Francesca Schiavone.

Vera Zvonareva is the WTA’s third ranked player.  Vera has claimed one title this year and is 23-8. She has never gone beyond the quarterfinals in Paris and is not as dominant as last year.

Tenth ranked Petra Kvitova, the left-handed Czech is getting a lot of play.  With three WTA titles this tear and a 25-5 record she jumped 8 spots to settle at number ten this week.  At 10/1 Petra looks like a prudent choice. The 6-foot power hitter gives no quarter but has little Grand Slam experience.

German Julia Goerges, the WTA’s 20th ranked player, is a good play at 12/1.  Julia upset Wozniacki in the finals at Stuttgart and is playing well on clay.  She is 22-10 this season and along with 6 foot Andrea Petkovic (25/1) has put Germany back on the tennis map.

Two-time champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (14/1) is battle-tested and proven winner at Roland Garros.  The Russian has won the U.S. Open and French Open and might be able to up her game for this occasion.  She is 30/7 in her previous French Open matches.

Last year’s gritty winner, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, is just 12-10 this season and is barely clinging to her number five ranking.  She is a feisty 5’5” competitor and carries a 27/9 French Open Record.

Ana Ivanovic (20/1) is a former Champion at Roland Garros.  Yet, since the clay season began, she has dropped 5 places in the rankings.  Maria Sharapova has jumped up to number 8 with hard work and determination.  Maria comes to play and she has won every major except the French Open.  At 25/1, Maria cannot be ruled out.

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (20/1) is expected to compete at Paris.  Her big game is slowed a little by the clay surface but she is 21-8 this year and has one title in the bank.

In summary, Kvitova (10/1) can play on the big stage and is likely to spring some upsets on her way to the French Open Championship. Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic have excellent chances to claim the title.  Yes, it is a changing of the guard and when the play at Roland Garros has concluded, the WTA rankings will be shifting to more new faces.

French Open 2011 Early Book

4/1 Victoria Azarenka5/1 Caroline Wozniacki8/1 

Kim Clijsters

10/1 Samantha Stosur10/1 Vera Zvonareva10/1 Petra Kvitova
12/1 Julia Goerges14/1 Jelena Jankovic14/1 Svetlana Kuznetsova
16/1 Francesca Schiavone20/1 Ana Ivanovic20/1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
25/1 Maria Sharapova25/1 Venus Williams25/1 Andrea Petkovic
25/1 Na Li40/1 Dinara Safina40/1 Yanina Wickmayer
40/1 Aravane Rezai40/1 Agnieszka Radwanska50/1 Alisa Kleybanova
50/1 Kaia Kanepi50/1 Marion Bartoli50/1 Flavia Pennetta
50/1 Dominika Cibulkova66/1 Yaroslava Shvedova66/1 Nadia Petrova
66/1 Daniela Hantuchova66/1 Jarmila Gajdosova66/1 Alexandra Dulgheru
66/1 Bojana Jovanovski66/1 Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez100/1 Shahar Peer
100/1 Tsvetana Pironkova100/1 Gisela Dulko100/1 Maria Kirilenko
100/1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands100/1 Lucie Safarova100/1 Magdalena Rybarikova
100/1 Shuai Peng125/1 Simona Halep150/1 Alize Cornet
150/1 A Medina Garrigues150/1 Anastasija Sevastova150/1 Anna Chakvetadze
150/1 Ayumi Morita150/1 Ekaterina Makarova150/1 Elena Vesnina
150/1 Irina-Camelia Begu150/1 Iveta Benesova150/1 Jie Zheng
150/1 Klara Zakopalova150/1 Polona Hercog150/1 Sorana Cirstea
200/1 Agnes Szavay200/1 Greta Arn200/1 Monica Niculescu
200/1 Sania Mirza200/1 Sara Errani200/1 Shuai Zhang
200/1 Vera Dushevina200/1 Virginie Razzano300/1 Akgul Amanmuradova
300/1 Alberta Brianti300/1 Alla Kudryavtseva300/1 Alona Bondarenko
300/1 Anastasia Rodionova300/1 Anastasia Yakimova300/1 Andrea Hlavackova
300/1 Angelique Kerber300/1 Anna Tatishvili300/1 Anne Keothavong
300/1 Arantxa Parra-Santonja300/1 Arantxa Rus300/1 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
300/1 Chanelle Scheepers300/1 Christina McHale300/1 Zuzana Ondraskova
300/1 Coco Vandeweghe300/1 Edina Gallovits300/1 Elena Baltacha
300/1 Evgeniya Rodina300/1 Jelena Dokic300/1 Jill Craybas
300/1 Johanna Larsson300/1 Junri Namigata300/1 Kimiko Date-Krumm
300/1 Kirsten Flipkens300/1 Kristina Barrois300/1 Ksenia Pervak
300/1 Laura Pous-Tio300/1 Lourdes Dominguez-Lino300/1 Lucie Hradecka
300/1 Mathilde Johansson300/1 Melanie Oudin300/1 Mirjana Lucic
300/1 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner300/1 Patty Schnyder300/1 Pauline Parmentier
300/1 Rebecca Marino300/1 Renata Voracova300/1 Roberta Vinci
300/1 Romina Oprandi300/1 Sandra Zahlavova300/1 Sofia Arvidsson
300/1 Sybille Bammer300/1 Tamira Paszek300/1 Timea Bacsinszky
300/1 Vania King300/1 Varvara Lepchenko


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