The Women’s singles circuit has been full of surprises as there have been several unexpected winners in different Grand Slams in the last few years. While Iga Swiatek has dominated the field in recent times and is also the World No.1, she is the best pick for the upcoming Roland Garros but over the last six years, the Paris major has been won by players who secured their first Grand Slam.
So fans should not surprised if it’s someone that they did not expect. In a discussion on the Tennis Channel, former World No. 1 Andy Roddick shared how it is difficult to predict a winner ahead of the Roland Garros. He highlights how things have been a very mixed bag and none of the players have been to dominate the field for too long. “It is not an easy question to answer who is going to win Grand Slam on the women’s side for the last 5-6 years. It has been a bit of a mixed bag,” Andy Roddick shared.
There are plenty of players in the Top 10 WTA ranking who have not won a major title and out of them, Roddick picked Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur. But Badosa has not been at her best off late whereas Ons Jabeur has been in splendid form as she won the Madrid Open recently.
So Roddick feels that after Iga Swiatek, the Tunisian has the biggest chance of securing her maiden major title in Paris. “I always tend to go towards form going into an event so Ons Jabeur seems motivated, she talks about her own ambition and obviously has the wins moving forward in Madrid. So I would pick her as the second favourite,” the former US Open winner concluded.
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Andy Roddick picks Iga Swiatek as his top pick for the Roland Garros
Andy Roddick feels that it will mostly be Iga Swiatek winning the Roland Garros considering the dominance that the young Pole has shown in the last few events. She has been knocking out opponents with relative ease as she is collecting bagels and breadsticks in her journey to WTA titles this year.
“I would take (Iga) Swiatek against the field. I think she has been that dominant this year so far,” he revealed his top pick for the upcoming Roland Garros. Iga Swiatek won her first WTA title this year in Doha followed by yet another win at the Indian Wells as she defeated Maria Sakkari in the finals to win her second title.
The World No.1 continued her dominance as she bagged the Sunshine Double by winning the Miami Open as she defeated four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka. The 20-year-old did not stop there as she secure the Stuttgart Open title after playing sublime tennis. She has now returned on tour to feature at the Italian Open and will face Viktoria Azarenka in the round of 16 clash in Rome.
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