French Open Tennis 2011 Schedule: 3 Key Storylines to Watch on Sunday

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIMay 22, 2011

French Open Tennis 2011 Schedule: 3 Key Storylines to Watch on Sunday

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    PARIS - JUNE 06:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Robin Soderling of Sweden on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2010 in Paris, France.
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    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

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07:  Julia Goerges of Germany reacts in her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day eight of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open Tennis on May 7, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ROME, ITALY - MAY 13:  Marin Cilic of Croatia slides to play a backhand during his quarter final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day six of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 13, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Pho
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    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

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    ROME, ITALY - MAY 13:  Jelena Jankovic of Serbia plays a backhand during her quarter final match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during day six of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 13, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (P
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    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.