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Serena before the story

Serena before the story

There are not many daring people who bet on the victory of Serena Williams at Roland Garros, which begins tomorrow, Sunday, but the American always counts among the favorites to win a Grand Slam, especially when she has the prospect that it will be the twenty-fourth of her career, a historical record.

Placing herself on the same level as the Australian Margaret Court, who gives her name to the Australian Open center-back, has been an obsession for the youngest of the Williamses since she has the goal at her fingertips.

At 37 years old, the most successful player still active sees the big 24 slip away since she returned to the courts in March 2018 after a maternity hiatus.

Last year it was on the doorstep in Australia and the United States. Now, in Paris, where he has three triumphs, he desperately seeks the fourth that equals him with the Belgian Justine Henin, but above all that puts him at the height of Court’s greats.

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After her maternity leave, Serena has not won any trophies and the first part of this season has been marked with knee problems. After his quarter-finals in Australia, he has only added three victories, after which he has not been able to continue on the track.

Bad omens for the American who, since her seniority, has seen new candidates arrive, starting with the Japanese Naomi Osaka, her executioner in the final of the last US Open, where she lost her nerves, who arrives at Roland Garros with the world number 1 poster.

The 21-year-old Japanese has won the last two majors and, although clay is not her favorite surface, her tennis level places her among the favorites, although she has never made it past three rounds in Paris.

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This season he has achieved two quarter-finals, in Madrid and Rome, and played the semi-finals in Stuttgart.

Gone seem to have been the problems in one hand that forced him to retire in Rome.

The third name that sounds louder is that of the Romanian Simona Halep, who arrives to defend the title, something that no one has achieved in Paris since Henin had three wins between 2005 and 2007.

The Romanian does not arrive as number 1, but her ambition is intact, with less pressure because having already lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup has freed her from the burden of responsibility.

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Finalist in Madrid, where she was defeated by the Dutch Kiki Bertens, Halep has not won any title so far this season, which has relegated her to third place in the ranking, behind Osaka and Czech Karolina Pliskova.

The number 2, a semi-finalist two years ago, is also among the candidates after having won the last Masters 1,000 on clay in Rome before landing in Paris.

Bertens, world number 4, who won in Madrid and who also played in the Roland Garros semifinals in 2016, complete the table of the great favorites.

But in the women’s circuit anything is possible. The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, who won that edition, becomes a Grand Slam. Although her results are not promising, the Spanish has the magic of Roland Garros to be able to surprise. EFE

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