Four to watch in Paris; Maria, Felix, Johanna & Casper

Second major of the year is upon us. The clay court swing is always an exciting time of the year and there are quite a few names who have really stood and will be wanting to finish this run in Paris on a high but who are they?

Maria Sakkari

Maria has found some serious form of late. The Greek number one made it to the quarter finals in Charleston with wins against Bertens and Petkovic before falling to Wozniacki. A couple of weeks later she was a set and a break down against Konta in the Rabat final but came through for the win and in Rome just about a week ago came through qualifying and made it to the semi-finals in Rome with wins over Mladenovic, Kontaveit and Kvitova.

Maria opens her Roland Garros account against Tatishvili and is in the same section of the draw as Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Form has been tricky to find over the clay court season but has had some tough opponents in Zverev, Nishikori, Nadal and Coric all he has lost to over the last 5 or 6 weeks. He is having a good run in Lyon at the moment prior to Roland Garros and he will provide a tough challenge in the French capital.

He has a tough round one against Australia’s Jordan Thompson but is in a tricky section with a potential round three with Del Potro.

Johanna Konta

A surprise for us British Tennis fans. Johanna Konta has picked up more clay court points in Rome and Rabat than she did in her previous 23 career clay court appearances.

It has been a while since we have seen this type of form from Jo but she is playing good tennis right now and is so different when she hits these ground strokes with confidence.

She has been runner-up in Rabat and Rome but with wins against Bertens, Venus, Sloane and Hsieh. Jo will play a qualifier in round one and Kiki Bertens in round three is possible.

Casper Ruud

The 20 year old from Norway has been one of the form players this year. He had a very good run to the final of Houston. He was one of the headline makers in Rome coming through qualifying. He saw of Britain’s Dan Evans in round one and got the walk-over into round three following the disqualification of Nick Kyrgios and gave Del Potro a good run before falling 6-4 6-4.

A tough opener for the Norwegian who has a difficult opponent in Ernests Gulbis in round one, a player you never know what will bring to the court and has history at Roland Garros.

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