The second Grand Slam of the year is here, and the world’s best have descended on the city of Paris for the French Open.
While world No. 3 Simona Halep is out with a hamstring injury, Serena Williams will be looking for her 24th Grand Slam after a lackluster start to the clay season.
You already know Serena is must-watch TV, but these are the other players we’ll be keeping our eye on.
Swiatek is the defending French Open champion, winning her first career title in 2020. She has since backed up that win with a fourth-round run at Australian Open in January, before recently claiming her first WTA 1000 title in Rome, demolishing World No. 9 Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in a mere 45 minutes in the final. The tennis star will be turning 20 on the second day of the tournament and will no doubt be looking to cap off her birthday with back-to-back titles.
Barty won the crown at Roland-Garros in 2019 and currently holds the World No. 1 spot. An arm injury forced her to retire during her quarter-final clash with Coco Gauff at the Italian Open. Prior to that, Barty had been leading 6-4, 2-1. In January, Barty made it all the way to the Australian Open quarterfinals after almost year off the tour while quarantining in Australia. Now’s the time to show there’s no more rust.
The young American star is fresh off of a dual trophy sweep in Italy this past weekend at the Italian Open, which propelled her to No. 25 in the World Rankings, making her the youngest American to break into the Top-30 since Serena Williams in 1998.
Teens into the top 25📈Coco Gauff is the youngest American woman to reach the @WTA top 25 since @serenawilliams in 1998! pic.twitter.com/KAkYVXeRce— USTA (@usta) May 24, 2021
Teens into the top 25📈Coco Gauff is the youngest American woman to reach the @WTA top 25 since @serenawilliams in 1998! pic.twitter.com/KAkYVXeRce
Gauff is no stranger to victory at Roland-Garros, becoming the youngest junior champion since Martina Hingis when she won three years ago at age 14. Having competed in four clay-court tournaments this season, Gauff has compiled an astounding 12-3 record, and she heads into the French Open on a serious roll.