(May 24, 2014) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for the 2014 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only. – by Jack Cunniff http://twitter.com/jrcunniff
2014 Record: 23-3
Grand Slam Record: 249-37
French Open Record: 46-10
French Open Best Result: Won (2002, ‘13)
Fast Fact: Serena has been ranked No. 1 for 66 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch at the top spot in her career.
2. Li Na
2014 Record: 26-5
Grand Slam Record: 88-29
French Open Record: 20-6
French Open Best Result: Won (2011)
Fast Fact: For the first time in her career, Li Na has reached the QF of three consecutive Grand Slam events (2013 Wimbledon, 2013 US Open, 2014 Australian Open).
3. Agnieszka Radwanska
2014 Record: 30-10
Grand Slam Record: 84-31
French Open Record: 16-7
French Open Best Result: QF (2013)
Fast Fact: Radwanska’s win over No. 2 Viktoria Azarenka at the 2014 Australian Open was her first Grand Slam win over a higher ranked opponent since 2008 Wimbledon (def. Kuznetsova).
4. Simona Halep
2014 Record: 19-7
Grand Slam Record: 14-15
French Open Record: 1-4
French Open Best Result: 2R (2011)
Fast Fact: Since the 2013 French Open, Halep has a 20-5 record against Top Twenty opponents.
5. Petra Kvitova
2014 Record: 14-9
Grand Slam Record: 54-22
French Open Record: 13-5
French Open Best Result: SF (2012)
Fast Fact: Despite being seeded among the top eight seeds at the last six Grand Slams, Kvitova has reached the quarterfinals only once (2013 Wimbledon).
6. Jelena Jankovic
2014 Record: 27-12
Grand Slam Record: 99-42
French Open Record: 28-10
French Open Best Result: SF (2007, ’08, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Jankovic is attempting to win her 100th Grand Slam match in the first round of Roland Garros.
7. Maria Sharapova
2014 Record: 24-6
Grand Slam Record: 152-38
French Open Record: 43-10
French Open Best Result: Won (2012)
Fast Fact: After reaching the finals of the French Open in 2013, Sharapova won only one more match the remainder of the year.
8. Angelique Kerber
2014 Record: 23-12
Grand Slam Record: 39-25
French Open Record: 8-6
French Open Best Result: QF (2012)
Fast Fact: Kerber has spent two consecutive years in the Top Ten, since making her debut May 21st, 2012.
9. Dominika Cibulkova
2014 Record: 24-11
Grand Slam Record: 49-26
French Open Record: 16-7
French Open Best Result: SF (2009)
Fast Fact: This is the first time in her career that Cibulkova enters the French Open without having won a clay court match for the year (lost 1R Rome, 1R Madrid).
10. Sara Errani
2014 Record: 22-13
Grand Slam Record: 38-26
French Open Record: 12-6
French Open Best Result: RU (2012)
Fast Fact: Errani has earned 990 points in clay court events this year, 3rd best in the WTA behind Sharapova (1575) and Serena Williams (1115).
11. Ana Ivanovic
2014 Record: 30-8
Grand Slam Record: 93-36
French Open Record: 28-8
French Open Best Result: Won (2008)
Fast Fact: In 2014, Ivanovic has more match wins entering the French Open (30) than any other year during her career.
12. Flavia Pennetta
2014 Record: 19-8
Grand Slam Record: 64-42
French Open Record: 14-11
French Open Best Result: 4R (2008, ’10)
Fast Fact: A year ago, Pennetta was ranked 158th in the world.
13. Caroline Wozniacki
2014 Record: 15-8
Grand Slam Record: 70-28
French Open Record: 13-7
French Open Best Result: QF (2010)
Fast Fact: Wozniacki has been past the third round of the French Open only once (2010).
14. Carla Suarez Navarro
2014 Record: 30-12
Grand Slam Record: 38-21
French Open Record: 11-5
French Open Best Result: QF (2008)
Fast Fact: In her last two Grand Slam losses, Suarez Navarro has won only one game (6-0 6-0 vs. S. Williams, 2013 US Open; 6-1,6-0 vs. Cibulkova, 2014 Australian Open)
15. Sloane Stephens
2014 Record: 11-11
Grand Slam Record: 28-11
French Open Record: 6-3
French Open Best Result: 4R (2013)
Fast Fact: Stephens has lost in the opening round of half of her events (5 of 10) played in 2014.
16. Sabine Lisicki
2014 Record: 7-7
Grand Slam Record: 39-22
French Open Record: 4-5
French Open Best Result: 3R (2013)
Fast Fact: Over half (55%) of Lisicki’s ranking points are from her 2013 Wimbledon runner-up result.