Four members of the top 10 are ultimately missing. The draw for the women’s singles at Roland Garros 2020 thus began with a twist on Thursday: the announcement of Belinda Bencic’s package. The Swiss have joined the defending champion and world number 1 Ashleigh Barty as well as the last two US Open champions Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu among the notable absentees. However, the density of the upper part of the painting where Simona Halep, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are found is remarkable.
While she might come forward as the favorite in this women’s tournament, Halep won’t have it easy. Far from it. After an entry into contention against the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, she will probably have to beware of the Swiss Jil Teichmann, before eventually finding the dangerous Amanda Anisimova in the third round. The Romanian was beaten by the young American (less successful now) last year in the quarterfinals. Then a duel against the 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova could emerge, before a theoretical quarter and a half against Kiki Bertens and Elina Svitolina.
A 1st round Gauff-Konta, the Blue surrounded
Only, the theory precisely could well be undermined because, still in this upper part of the table, we find players like Maria Sakkari, Cori Gauff and Johanna Konta who face each other from the first round. But also and above all Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams who, if logic is respected, should end up in the round of 16 for a tempting revenge of their last semi-final at the US Open.
At the bottom of the table, tournament seeded number 2 Karolina Pliskova potentially has a date with her Czech compatriot Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals. But the latter will have to focus first on her first lap where Océane Dodin will stand up against her. The Frenchwoman had no luck in the draw but will therefore try to achieve the feat. Garbine Muguruza, Sofia Kenin or Jennifer Brady will also animate this lower part. Note the 1st 100% tricolor lap between Alizé Cornet and Chloé Paquet. For what will normally be her last Roland-Garros, Pauline Parmentier, invited by the organization, will have a hard time facing the Russian Veronika Kudermetova. Kristina Mladenovic will face the German Laura Siegemund.
Fiona Ferro will have to get rid of Briton Heather Watson, meanwhile, if she wants to challenge Elena Rybakina in the second round. Finally at the top of the table, Caroline Garcia will also have to take out the big game from the start against the Estonian regular Anett Kontaveit, seeded number 17.
The potential posters of the round of 16: