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Rupert Wyman 22nd May 2010 - 13:34

Sharapova to blow them over

The French Open is Henin's second Grand Slam event since her comeback from retirement.

She quit professional tennis shortly before the 2008 French Open and returned to the game earlier this year.

She will see Roland Garros as a chance to defend her crown. Henin (9/4) is a clay court expert and after winning the trophy in 2003, she has gone on and won in 2005, 2006 and her 'final' appearance in 2007.

She is the darling of the Roland Garros crowd, the undefeated champ and she will be desperate to win on her favoured surface.

Earlier this year, she lost to Serena Williams (5/1) in the Australian Open final. She will be looking to avenge that defeat. Clay is not Serena's favourite surface and she has not reached the final since 2002, the year of the 'Serena Slam', when she beat her elder sister Venus in Paris.

I would rather back Venus Williams (6/1) than her sister Serena.

In the lead up to the French Open, Venus made the final in Madrid. She is desperate to win on the clay in Paris and age is no longer on her side, this year may provide her the best opportunity to win.

She lost in the final in Madrid to the powerful Aravane Rezai (14/1). Venus struggled to cope with Rezai's low ground strokes and although she could be in the mix come the end of next week, there could be better value elsewhere.

If you prefer to back long-shots, there could be value further down the market. With the defection of Clijsters, there will be one less obstacle in the way at Roland Garros.

Defending champion Kuznetsova is a big price at 20/1, unfortunately she is an inconsistent out of form player but having made the quarters or better in the last four years, this is the time to back her whilst she is playing on clay.

However, it has been a lean year for the 24-year old and she will need to up her game to have a chance of retaining the trophy.

A significant fancy has to be Martinez Sanchez (25/1), she is a true underdog and she has the potential to cause a major upset at Roland Garros and write her name in the history books.

Her win at the Italian Open was sensational, she is a serve and volley clay court specialist and she is capable of being more than just a one hit wonder. She beat the likes of Jankovic (6/1) and Ivanovic (25/1) in Rome and has to be taken as a genuine threat.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam that Maria Sharapova is yet to win, the former teenage sensation was a semi-finalist at Paris in 2007. She is a good price at 33/1 and has won the WTA Strasbourg today, beating Kristina Barrois (300/1).

It is a very open event and a winner could come from almost anywhere in the draw, it may not only be form that takes the eventual winner to the final but also a good deal of luck and it may pay to look at the lower half of the market for the 2010 Women's French Open champion.



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