Which factor will matter most in the women’s event at Roland Garros: The surface, or the fact that it’s a Grand Slam? If it’s the former, look for Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek to go deep; each took home one of the three big clay-court tune-ups this spring, in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome. If it’s the latter, you can’t count out Naomi Osaka. She hasn’t done much on dirt in 2021, but she has won the last two majors she’s entered.
Of course, we could also see a surprise run from someone completely unexpected. It’s wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened on the women’s side in Paris. One thing we can say for sure: There aren’t any easy roads to a Slam title on the women’s side these days.