Serena Williams will be attempting to win her 22nd Grand Slam title when she competes in the French Open which begins this week. Serena is making her 15th appearance at this Grand Slam which she has won on three occasions including last year. She has won all four of the Grand Slam titles in her career and she is presently ranked as the number one player in the world and is the number one seed here. She arrives here in good form as she won the Italian Open last week without dropping a set and will equal Steffi Graf's Open era record of Grand Slams if she wins the French Open this year.
The French Open is the second of the four annual Grand Slams to take place and it is held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris and the surface is clay. It begins on Sunday 22nd May and is scheduled to finish on Sunday 5th June.
The winners of the French Open in the last ten years have been :
2015 Serena Williams
2014 Maria Sharapova
2013 Serena Williams
2012 Maria Sharapova
2011 Li Na
2010 Francesca Schiavone
2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova
2008 Ana Ivanovic
2007 Justine Henin
2006 Justine Henin
Other leading contenders this year -

Simona Halep

simona halepSimona Halep will be attempting to win her first Grand Slam when she competes here. Simona is from Romania and has improved considerably in the last three years and won her first WTA title in June 2013. Since then she has won eleven other WTA tournaments and is presently ranked at number six in the world. She reached her first Grand Slam final in 2014 when she was the beaten finalist in the French Open. She has not been at her best in the last few months with her only victory being in Madrid last month and she has failed to reach the final in any other WTA tournament this year.

Agnieszka Radwańska

Agnieszka Radwanska Agnieszka Radwańska has yet to win a Grand Slam but did reach her first final in one when runner up at Wimbledon in 2012 where she was defeated by Serena Williams. She has won a total of 18 WTA events and has improved in the last 12 months with four victories including the prestigious WTA Tour Championship in Singapore last November. She started this year with a victory in the Shenzhen Open in China and has performed consistently since and has moved up the rankings to number two. However her record at this Grand Slam is not that good and she has never reached the semi finals here and has only once got as far as the quarter finals which was in 2013.

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine MuguruzaGarbine Muguraza has won two tournaments on the WTA tour and is ranked at number four in the World. She reached the final of Wimbledon last year where she was beaten by Serena Williams. She later won the China Open in Beijing but has been struggling to play her best tennis this year until last week when she reached the semi finals in Rome. Her best efforts at this Grand Slam have been in 2014 and in 2015 when she reached the quarter finals and she did defeat Serena Williams here in 2014.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova Petra Kvitova has won two Grand Slams and they have both been at Wimbledon where she was successful in 2011 and in 2014. She is is making her eighth appearance here and has only once got past the fourth round which was in 2012 when she was beaten in the semi final. She has won seventeen tournaments on the WTA circuit and only two of them were achieved on a clay surface and they have both been at the Madrid Open.

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka is from Belarus and has won the Australian Open twice (2012 & 2013). This is her tenth appearance at the French Open with her best performance being in 2013 when she was a beaten semi finalist. She suffered a foot injury in 2014 which meant that she missed five months of the season and ended her season in September. She has won twenty WTA titles with nineteen of them being achieved on a hard court surface. She has been in good form in 2016 with victories in three WTA tournaments but had to retire from the Madrid Open last month because of a back injury and then lost her opening round match at the Italian Open last week so she is suffering from injury problems at the moment.

Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla Suarez NavarroCarla Suarez Navarro won her second WTA title earlier this year when she was successful at the Qatar Total Open and she has reached a total of ten finals in her WTA career so far and eight of those finals were played on a clay surface so she likes the clay surface used at this Grand Slam. Her best performances here have been in 2008 and in 2014 when she reached the quarter finals.

The Winner of the French Open 2016 ?

Serena WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic are unable to play because of injury whilst Maria Sharapova ( won here in 2012 & 2014 ) is presently suspended due to a failed drug test. Simona Halep has not played consistently this year whilst Victoria Azarenka seems to be struggling with injury problems again. Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova are probably better on grass so I think that this could be won by Serena Williams or Garbine Muguruza and I am going with Serena. Her record here is not especially good by her high standards but she has hit form at the right time and her main challengers are presently struggling with injury concerns or lack of consistent form. If there is going to be a surprise in this then maybe Sara Errani can cause it. She reached the final here in 2012 and won the biggest singles title of her career when successful at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February this year. However she has also recently suffered with an injury problem which is a concern for her chances