- Simona Halep achieved her dream in 2018, but can she do it again?
- Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin
- British Interest: Johanna Konta , Heather Watson
PARIS, FRANCE – In the absence of defending champion Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep aims for a third Slam title – and has been impressive on the dirt so far.
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 Simona Halep
Best Result: Title (2018)
It has been quite the year for Halep, after a slow start in Adelaide, she has been in the Australian Open semi-final and has won three tournaments back to back (Dubai, Prague and Rome). She arrives as the favourite, but it could be a challenging draw.
Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Sara Sorribes Tormo | First Meeting
- R2: Jil Teichmann | First Meeting
- R3: Amanda Anisimova  | H2H: Anisimova leads 1-0
- R4: Marketa Vondrousova  | H2H: Vondrousova leads 2-0
- QF: Kiki Bertens  | H2H tied at 3-3
- SF: Elina Svitolina  | H2H: Svitolina leads 5-4
- F: Karolina Pliskova  | H2H: Halep leads 8-4
First up will be to extract some revenge from Amanda Anisimova for her defeat last year, but she has some tricky clay-courters coming up and Slam no. 3 will be a battle.
Best Result: Semi-final (2017)
Momentum could be everything for Pliskova, who comes in as Rome champion, yet she finds herself with a challenging draw on paper.
Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Qualifier
- R2: Jelena Ostapenko | H2H: Pliskova leads 3-2
- R3: Sloane Stephens  | H2H: Stephens leads 3-1
- R4: Petra Martic  | H2H: Martic leads 4-2
- QF: Petra Kvitova  | H2H: Kvitova leads 3-1
- SF: Sofia Kenin  | H2H: Pliskova leads 4-0
- F: Simona Halep  | H2H: Halep leads 8-4
Much like Halep, Pliskova meets a few tricky opponents who know their way around a clay court, and might well go deep into the second week but until Rome was pretty inconsistent over the year.
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 Elina Svitolina
Best Result: Quarter-final (2015, 2017)
For a long time now, Svitolina has been chasing her elusive first title, and has been getting in some late practice in Strasbourg.
Svitolina’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Varvara Gracheva | First Meeting
- R2: Qualifier
- R3: Ekaterina Alexandrova  | H2H: First Meeting
- R4: Elise Mertens  | H2H: Svitolina leads 3-1
- QF: Serena Williams  | H2H: Williams leads 5-1
- SF: Simona Halep  | H2H: Svitolina leads 5-4
- F: Karolina Pliskova  | H2H: Pliskova leads 5-4
This is potentially a tough draw with a few slim leads in head to heads but some formidable opposition if things go to plan. Svitolina will need to play herself into form, and also might prefer to fly a little under the radar with eyes on the favourite Halep, and also Serena Williams to see if this is where she can win No. 24.
 Sofia Kenin
Best Result: R4 (2019)
The reigning Australian Open champion will be trying to regain the form that took her to a maiden Slam earlier this year, but she was not able to go all the way at the US Open, and with a first round loss to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in Rome, could arrive in Paris a little undercooked on clay.
Kenin’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Liudmila Samsonova | First Meeting
- R2: Ana Bogdan | H2H: Bogdan leads 1-0
- R3: Donna Vekic  | First Meeting
- R4: Elena Rybakina  | H2H: Rybakina leads 1-0
- QF: Aryna Sabalenka  | H2H: Sabalenka leads 2-0
- SF: Karolina Pliskova  | H2H: Pliskova leads 4-0
- F: Simona Halep  | H2H: Halep leads 1-0
This is a tough draw for the American, and she could be lucky to even match her run to the fourth-round last year as the final Slam rolls round.
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