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More of The Year Of The Comeback
Both Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are back in top form after taking leaves from the sport for various reasons.
Henin is one of the greatest female players to ever play on red clay so she certainly has to be installed as the favorite to win the upcoming French Open along with Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who both last year split the major clay titles between them.
Kuznetsova took the French and Safina took Rome and Madrid. Safina hasn’t really been the same since suffering from a back injury. Which brings us to the real thrust of this article.
Certainly clay is not her best surface, but she did win one French Open title in 2002 and made two finals, only to lose to Henin. Never underestimate Serena Williams. She tends to get up for the Slams more than any player in the history of the game.
She is more fit now than she was earlier in the tennis season and we look to see her, if on the opposite side of the draw, playing Henin in the French Open final in June.
Venus Williams, given her injuries is not likely to be a threat at the French. She rarely is.
Last year she suffered a very difficult loss early on to Agnes Szavay, 6-0, 6-4.
The Williams sisters, though, certainly have to be considered strong contenders in the women’s doubles as right now they are one of the top three female doubles teams in the world, no matter what surface.
They are often times not seeded high because they play in relatively few doubles tournaments throughout the tennis season and most specifically the Slams.
When they are both on their game and injury free they are virtually impossible to beat in doubles.