French Open Women’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

 

By Jack Cunniff

Profiles of the top women contenders for the 2011 French Open. Follow Jack Cunniff on twitter at @jrcunniff.

Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.

1.  Caroline Wozniacki  (DEN)
2011 Record: 38-7 Grand Slam Record: 45-16
French Open Record: 8-4 French Open Best Result: QF (2010)
Fast Fact: Wozniacki’s only first round loss in Grand Slam singles was in her first Slam match (2007 French Open).

 

2. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
2011 Record: 21-4 Grand Slam Record: 122-27
French Open Record: 22-6 French Open Best Result: Finalist (2001, ‘03)
Fast Fact: Clijsters hasn’t played all four Grand Slams in the same year since 2003.

 

3. Vera Zvonareva  (RUS)
2011 Record: 25-9 Grand Slam Record: 73-31
French Open Record: 15-7 French Open Best Result: QF (2003)
Fast Fact: Five of Zvonareva’s last six French Open losses were to Russian-born players.

 

4. Victoria Azarenka  (BLR)
2011 Record: 27-8 Grand Slam Record: 41-21
French Open Record: 7-5 French Open Best Result: QF (2009)
Fast Fact: Azarenka is the first player since Conchita Martinez (1993 French, Wimbledon) to earn a Top Four seed in Grand Slam without ever reaching the Singles Semifinals of a Slam.

 

5.  Francesca Schiavone  (ITA)
2011 Record: 17-12 Grand Slam Record: 81-41
French Open Record: 27-9 French Open Best Result: Won (2010)
Fast Fact: The 2010 French Open was Schiavone’s fourth tournament win, but this will be the first time she has appeared to defend a title.

 

6.  Na Li  (CHN)
2011 Record: 19-8 Grand Slam Record: 48-19
French Open Record: 9-4 French Open Best Result: 4R (2009)
Fast Fact: Feast or famine: Li started 2011 by winning her first eleven matches, then lost five consecutive matches.

 

7. Maria Sharapova  (RUS)
2011 Record: 21-6 Grand Slam Record: 103-28
French Open Record: 25-8 French Open Best Result: SF (2007)
Fast Fact: Since winning the 2008 Australian Open, Sharapova hasn’t reached the semifinals of another Grand Slam event.

 

7. Sam Stosur (AUS)
2011 Record: 19-12 Grand Slam Record: 40-31
French Open Record: 15-7 French Open Best Result: Finalist (2010)
Fast Fact: Stosur’s first round opponent at the French is Benesova, a player she beat in Rome two weeks ago to earn her 200th career WTA win.
 

9. Petra Kvitova (CZE)

2011 Record: 29-6 Grand Slam Record: 18-11
French Open Record: 3-2 French Open Best Result: 4R (2008)
Fast Fact: Five of Kvitova’s six losses this year are to players ranked outside the Top Twenty.

 

10. Jelena Jankovic  (SRB)
2011 Record: 25-12 Grand Slam Record: 75-30
French Open Record: 20-7 French Open Best Result: SF (2007, ’08, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Until this event, Jankovic had been seeded in the Top Eight at 16 straight Grand Slam events (since 2007 French Open).

 

11. Marion Bartoli  (FRA)
2011 Record: 26-14 Grand Slam Record: 50-37
French Open Record: 8-10 French Open Best Result: 4R (2007)
Fast Fact: The French Open is the only Grand Slam in which Bartoli has a losing record.

 

12. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
2011 Record: 15-8 Grand Slam Record: 43-19
French Open Record: 7-4 French Open Best Result: 4R (2008, ’09)
Fast Fact: Radwanska has advanced to the fourth round or better in more than half of her Grand Slam appearances.

 

13. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
2011 Record: 17-11 Grand Slam Record: 103-33
French Open Record: 30-7 French Open Best Result: Won (2009)
Fast Fact: Kuznetsova has more singles wins at Roland Garros than any other woman entered in the draw.

 

14. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
2011 Record: 23-9 Grand Slam Record: 17-13
French Open Record: 5-3 French Open Best Result: 3R (2009, ’10)
Fast Fact: Pavlyuchenkova was the first girl to win three Junior Grand Slam events since Martina Hingis.

 

15. Andrea Petkovic  (GER)
2011 Record: 29-9 Grand Slam Record: 11-10
French Open Record: 2-2 French Open Best Result: 2R (2007, ’10)
Fast Fact: By reaching a career high ranking of No. 12, Petkovic becomes the highest ranking German player since Anke Huber (2000).

 

16. Kaia Kanepi  (EST)
2011 Record: 10-10 Grand Slam Record: 23-20
French Open Record: 6-5 French Open Best Result: QF (2008)
Fast Fact: Kanepi won 16 Grand Slam singles matches in 2010 (including qualifying), tying her with Venus Williams for 2nd most  Slam match wins, trailing only Serena Williams (18).

 

17. Julia Goerges  (GER)
2011 Record: 22-10 Grand Slam Record: 6-12
French Open Record: 1-2 French Open Best Result: 2R (2010)
Fast Fact: In matches vs. Top 25 opponents, Goerges had a 1-10 record in 2010, and an 8-3 record in 2011.

 

18. Flavia Pennetta  (ITA)
2011 Record: 14-8 Grand Slam Record: 44-32
French Open Record: 12-8 French Open Best Result: 4R (2008, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Pennetta enters the 2011 French Open on a four match losing streak.

 

19. Shahar Peer  (ISR)
2011 Record: 14-11 Grand Slam Record: 44-23
French Open Record: 11-5 French Open Best Result: SF (2006, ’07, ‘10)
Fast Fact: All of Peer’s French Open losses have come to players that have been ranked in the Top Five (Petrova, Hingis, Kuznetsova, Stosur, Serena Williams).

 

20. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
2011 Record: 9-8 Grand Slam Record: 62-24
French Open Record: 23-5 French Open Best Result: Won (2008)
Fast Fact: In her five French Open losses, Ivanovic has never won more than five games.