French Open Tennis 2011 Schedule: 3 Key Storylines to Watch on Sunday
It's the first day proper at Roland Garros, and we get under way with some intriguing clashes. None of the favourites are in action today, but nonetheless some of the outside bets are beginning their campaign to win the French Open. How will they fare? And will there be any shocks on the cards?
Here are my tips for what to look out for today...
1. Julia Goerges
How many of you had heard of her before this year? More to the point, how many of you saw her last name and thought it was a typo?
Germany's great hope Goerges moved into the top 50 last year despite being eliminated in the first round of all the grand slams.
This year's proved slightly different, with a fantastic run-up to Roland Garros, in which she's beaten Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka. She's since incurred a lower back injury but if she's fully fit, she will make a good run this year.
She starts her campaign on Court Philippe Chatrier against Mathilde Johansson this afternoon.
2. Marin Cilic
On paper, this one's obvious. Cilic is the 19th seed; he's facing journeyman Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain, who's only just in the men's top 100.
But Cilic's best run at the French Open is the fourth round and has had a mediocre year so far. This match is out on Court 7. Keep an eye on it—there could be an upset on the cards.
3. Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic, the former world No 1, had a tough 2010, and has struggled with a plethora of niggling injuries. Now seeded 10th at Roland Garros, she will want to at least equal her previous semifinal appearances, as well as shift herself up from No 9 in the rankings.
She faces Alona Bondarenko in the first round, and this will prove a test as to whether she's up to the challenge.
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