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French Open 2023: Top five favourites to win women's singles title

Published at :May 28, 2023 at 5:35 AM
Modified at :June 15, 2023 at 5:38 AM
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Shreya Verma

These players will be gunning for top honours at Roland Garros.

Like every year, the French Open is taking over the headlines of the sports world. In the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic is eyeing his 23rd Grand Slam win. In the women's event, retired Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Simona Halep will be the missing names.

However, the women's event is still packed with stars, giving each other neck-to-neck fight. The battle is not only for the title but also for the world rankings. Here are the top five female tennis players who are favourites to win the single's title at the French Open.

5) Veronika Kudermetova

26-year-old Russian is yet to taste any victory at a Grand Slam. However, the closest she reached to the title was last year in the quarter finals of Ronald Garros. Over the past year, she has shown exceptional performances in singles. Hopefully she can make a major breakthrough in France. 

4) Ons Jabeur 

The 28-year-old won Charleston Open recently, showcasing her power on clay court. Despite reaching many grand slam finals, Ons is still hungry for her first win. Unfortunately, her injury has been an issue for her which also stopped her from defending her Madrid Open title. If she stays healthy, she might be ablr to open her grand slam tally at the French Open. 

3) Elena Rybakina

The Reigning Wimbledon Champion, Elena will be lining up a run for the title. She recently denied Iga quarter finals entry by defeating her at the Australian Open. She has won two WTA 1000 titles this season. Notably, her Indian Wells victory came by outclassing Iga and Aryna.

2) Aryna Sabalenka

Fresh off from winning her first-ever grand slam at Australia, Aryna is going to be Iga's biggest rival. Iga vs Aryna would not only be about the grand slam win, but also about the world rankings. Sabalenka is currently ranked at the second position. She will be threatening Iga's title as well as the world's top position. 

1) Iga Swiatek 

The world number one is entering the French Open as the defending champion. Aiming for her fourth career grand slam win, she definitely has the odds on her side. However, it's not going to be a cakewalk for her, looking at her competitors. Recently, at Australian Open she could not even reach the quarter-finals.