The draw for the ladies’ singles at Roland-Garros was carried out this Thursday, and placed Iga Swiatek in the draw part of Elena Rybakina, and Aryna Sabalenka in that of Jessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia.
The players are fixed! In pursuit of a third Porte d’Auteuil title, Iga Swiatek now knows the path she will have to follow, following the draw for the ladies’ singles at Roland-Garros on Thursday by French rugby star Antoine Dupont. The Pole will start her tournament against the Spaniard Cristina Bucsa, before a match against Claire Liu or a qualifier, then a possible third round awaits her against the seeded n ° 31 Marie Bouzkova. If the logic is respected, the world No. 1 will then have to face a former winner of the tournament, Barbora Krejcikova, who is coming back well this year after a delicate 2022 season. The quarter-final could be a remake of last year’s final against Coco Gauff. If she overcomes all the obstacles, the winner of the last Rome tournament Elena Rybakina could wait for her in the semi-finals, unless it is Ons Jabeur, however less visible this year due to various injuries.
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Garcia at the bottom of the table
On the other side of the table, Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka inherited Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the first round and then Hungarian Udvardy or a qualifier in the second. 29-seeded Shuai Zhang could be her third-round opponent, before things really get going in the Round of 16 against former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova. If the logic is respected, Sabalenka could then challenge Caroline Garcia or Daria Kasatkina in the quarters, then Jessica Pegula or Maria Sakkari in the semis. But we know that for many years, the logic of the draws of women’s tables is rarely respected…
Bad luck for Parry
On the French side, seeing Caroline Garcia in the quarters against Sabalenka would already be excellent news given her recent performances on clay. The French n°1 will start her tournament against the Chinese Xiyu Wang (62nd) then will face, in case of victory, the Russian Anna Blinkova or the Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure. Martina Trevisan or Elina Svitolina could then wait for it in the third round, before a possible eighth against Daria Kasatkina or Jelena Ostapenko. In this basic part of the table, we will also find Jessika Ponchet, Léolia Jeanjean and Alizé Cornet (who will start against Camila Giorgi before a possible second round against Pegula). In the upper half, Kristina Mladenovic will face an early qualifier, Diane Parry will start against Roma finalist Anhelina Kalinina, while Clara Burel will play Sara Sorribes Tormo. There will inevitably be a Frenchwoman in the second round since Océane Dodin and Séléna Janicijevic will fight it out from the first. But we hope that she will not be alone!
The theoretical round of 16
Iga Swiatek (POL, n°1) – Barbora Krejcikova (RTC, n°13)
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS, n°11) – Coco Gauff (USA, n°6)
Elena Rybakina (KAZ, No. 4) – Beatrice Haddad Maia (BRE, No. 14)
Petra Kvitova (RTC, n°10) – Ons Jabeur (TUN, n°7)
Maria Sakkari (GRE, n°8) – Belinda Bencic (SUI, n°12)
Liudmila Samsonva (RUS, n°15) – Jessica Pegula (USA, n°3)
Caroline Garcia (FRA, no. 5) – Daria Kasatkina (RUS, n°9)
Karolina Pliskova (RTC, n°16) – Aryna Sabalenka (BIE, n°2)