Tennis will make a grand return to Paris next month for the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year. World number one Iga Swiatek will return to Roland Garros as the reigning champion after beating Coco Gauff in last year’s final. It was her second French Open crown after claiming her first title back in 2020, and she is one of the biggest stars on the tour right now.
As the young Polish star attempts to claim her third title, who are the other players in the running according to the bookies?
Iga Swiatek - EVS (FAV)
The returning champion is being tipped for glory at Roland Garros once again as she is one of the strongest players on the WTA Tour and is justly ranked as the World number one. The Polish star has three career Grand Slam titles so far and her most recent triumph came at the US Open in September.
Casper Ruud will return to the French Open with invaluable experience of two Grand Slam finals
Sabalenka starting to reach her potential after Australian Open triumph
Ons Jabeur - 10/1
Tunisian star Ons Jabeur made history at Wimbledon last year as she became the first Arabian woman to reach a Grand Slam final. In the past year she has made it to two majors finals having reached the US Open final two months after Wimbledon. She is a growing presence on the WTA Tour and will be a huge threat to Swiatek at Roland Garros.
Elena Rybakina - 10/1
Elena Rybakina was the player who defeated Jabeur in the Wimbledon showpiece last summer and that victory has helped propel her to being one of the best players on the circuit right now. She reached the Australian Open final in January and won the Indian Wells title last month. She will be heading to Paris in great form.
Aryna Sabalenka - 12/1
Aryna Sabalenka has been tipped to be a great tennis player for years and in January she finally took a great step toward fulfilling that prophecy as she claimed her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, defeating Rybakina.
Coco Gauff - 14/1
America’s teenage sensation Coco Gauff will be heading back to the French Open this year hoping to go one step further and win the tournament to claim her first major title. Gauff was defeated by Swiatek in last year’s final and you have to imagine she will be back a stronger player after experiencing such a huge match.
Barbora Krejcikova - 14/1
2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova will be looking to regain her crown at Roland Garros, the only Grand Slam where she has passed the quarter-final stage. The Czech Republic star will be looking to add to her six career singles titles to date.
Maria Sakkari - 16/1
Greece’s Maria Sakkari is not only searching for her maiden Grand Slam title but also her first major final. She was one of the tennis stars documented in the first half of Netflix’s Break Point and reflected the highs and lows of professional tennis. She will have to overcome many demons if she is finally going to experience success in the big time.
Jessica Pegula - 16/1
American Jessica Pegula has only ever gotten as far as the quarter-finals at any of the four majors but as the current World number three, she is in fine form to challenge for the title at Roland Garros. Pegula is in great form in 2023, having the joint-most wins (22) alongside Rybakina and Sabalenka.
Paula Badosa - 16/1
Spaniard Paula Badosa was another WTA star featured in Break Point and she was very open about her mental health battles which have been caused by the intensity of professional tennis. She achieved her career best quarter-finals at the French Open in 2021 and Badosa has always been a player who many expect to click into gear at any moment.
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