We make our way to Roland Garros at the usual time this year. The first round of the main draw begins on Sunday 30 May. Two weeks of top tennis on clay will follow with the women's singles champion crowned on Saturday 12. Last year saw the tournament moved to October due to the ongoing health crisis. The players will be glad this year they will be playing in May/June when hopefully it will be a lot warmer.
Iga Swiatek will be defending her women's singles title won in dominant fashion last year. The Polish player has won two tournaments since then, including a recent clay title in Rome. She'll face tough opposition in Paris with world number one Ashleigh Barty out to win her second title after not playing last year. Players such as Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, Bianca Andreescu, Coco Gauff and Serena Williams will all be out to dethrone Swiatke.
Predicting who is going to win the Women's Singles title at Roland Garros is a difficult task. There's no continual winner such as Rafael Nadal as you will see in our statistics section. Our betting experts will be working overtime to produce top notch previews for you and hopefully supply you with some good wins.
The seedings and the draw are very important when deciding who you think will be winning at Roland Garros. Seedings are determined by world rankings NOT ability on clay (that's why Rafael Nadal is seeded third in the Men's Singles). Ashleigh Barty is the top seed with Naomi Osaka (not at her best on clay) in second. Defending champion Iga Swiatek is only seeded eighth. But for her recent win in Rome, the Pole wouldn't be in the top ten. Only one leading player is out of the tournament, that's Simona Halep. The top ten seeds are:
Naomi Osaka - withdrew after first round
Bianca Andreescu - lost in first round
The big upsets have come in the bottom half of the draw. There will definitely be an unseeded player in the last eight. That could be world number 37 Daria Kasatkina who beat Belinda Bencic on Wednesday. World number two Naomi Osaka withdrew on Tuesday (get well soon Naomi) and Kiki Bertens lost in the first round. Marketa Vondrousova is the highest seed left in that section of the draw but Paula Badosa is a major threat
Seeded Last eight after 2 June
You'll see from that statistics that this is not an easy tournament to predict. Iga Swiatek was a shock winner last year and is the favourite to retain her title. The Pole won the Rome Masters recently so brings some good form into this event. The number one seed is Australia's Ashleigh Barty who was the 2019 champion at Roland Garros. Barty chose not to travel to Europe for last year's event, so hasn't lost here since 2018.
With the withdrawal of Naomi Osaka, it's looking like third seeded Aryna Sabalenka could reach the final. She's already won one clay court tournament this year and reached another final, she's tough to beat on this surface.
Who will win the top half of the draw? Well, Barty is the number one seed but the defending champion Iga Swiatek is her scheduled opponent in the last four. Barty doesn't have an easy draw as she could face Coco Gauff, recent winner in Parma and finalist in Rome. Barty met Gauff in Rome and she was ahead until retiring through injury. A possible semi-final meeting between Barty and Swiatek would be a great sight to behold. They've only had one previous match, that was on clay at this year's Madrid Open. Barty won in straight sets but Swiatek took nine games off her. If Swiatek can hit the form she did last year, another title could well be on its way.
Iga Swiatek - 5/2
Ashleigh Barty - 93/20
Aryna Sabalenka - 15/2
Garbine Muguruza - 11/1
Naomi Osaka - 12/1
Bianca Andreescu - 75/4
Petra Kvitova - 18/1
Serena Williams - 21/1