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Women’s Doubles at the French Open

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Women’s Doubles at the French Open:
Where’s the Competition?

The single’s champions over the past five years havebeen varied, even surprising, with Ivanovic in 2008, Kuznetsova in 2009,Schiavone in 2010, Li Na in 2011, and Maria Sharapova last year.

The field in this year’s doubles competition maylead to an even more surprising result.

Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani are the defending Champs. They won threeof the four Grand Slams in 2012. Venus and Serena Williams won Wimbledon andthe Olympics.

Remember these teams?

Gisela Dulko/ Flavia Pennetta(Champions at AO 2011)
Sania Mirza/Elena Vesnina (Finalistsat French Open 2011)
Vania King/ Yaroslava Shevdova(Champions at Wimbledon and U.S. Open 2010, Finalists at U.S. Open 2011)
Katarina Srebotnik/Kveta Peschke(Champions at Wimbledon 2011)
Lisa Raymond/Liezel Huber(Champions at U.S. Open 2011)
Iveta Benesova/ Babora ZahlavovaStrycova
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/ MeghannShaughnessy

2011 was a very competitive season. The Williams Sisters were off thescene because of injuries. They made their comebacks in Eastbourne, but not indoubles. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta won the Australian Open, LucieHradecka and Andrea Hlavackova won at Roland Garros, Kveta Peschke and KatarinaSrebotnik won Wimbledon, and Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won the U.S. Open.

The London Olympics may have played a role in why some the teams listedabove could not continue winning. Argentina’s Gisela Dulko decided to play withPaola Suarez to qualify for the Olympics. Yaroslava Shedova played with GalinaVoskoboeva, and Elena Vesnina played with Ekaterina Makarova in tournamentsleading up to the Olympics.

Vania King and Yaroslava Shevdova lost in the first round of theAustralian Open and have not partnered up since. King has recently played withvarious partners including Lisa Raymond, and Monica Niculescu, and YaroslavaShevdova has played with Julia Goerges. Lisa Raymond has partnered up withGreat Britain’s Laura Robson. Kveta Peschke has partnered up with Germany’sAnna-Lena Groenefeld. Great Britain’s Heather Watson has found success with NewZealand’s Marina Erakovic, but Erakovic has lately been playing with Zimbabwe’sCara Black who has made a comeback after her successful partnership with LiezelHuber.

Who’s are the contenders in thefield…or most likely to be in the field ? (B/c draw is not out)

Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (the number one seeds)
Katarina Srebotnik/Nadia Petrova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Lucie Safarova
Sania Mirza/Bethanie Mattek Sands
Elena Vesnina/Ekaterina Makarova
Lucie Hradecka/ Andrea Hlavackova
Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears
Kveta Peschke/Anna-Lena Groenfeld


Australian Open 2013:
Varvara Lepchenko/Saisai Zheng made the SFs.
Ashleigh Barty/ Casey Dellacqua made the final losing to Errani/Vinci.

Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani lost to Shuai Peng and Su-Wei Hsieh inthe final in Rome. Even though they are favorited, they could very much lose toPeng/Hsieh again or a number of other teams.

If Serena and Venus do not play, the field will be open and veryinteresting to follow. Some teams will be seeded that might be head-scratchersas to how.

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