Serena Williams is by far the biggest favorite for the 2013 French Open trophy, even though she hasn’t won the claycourt Grand Slam since 2002 and hasn’t reached the semifinals there since 2003. The world number one reinforced the opinion of the unanimous tennis experts (it’s unbelievable that all the reputable tennis predictors are picking her for the champion) by dominating in her first-round match against Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1 in just 51 minutes.
The amazing Serena’s winning streak is steadily reaching new heights after every match she plays and now counts 25 consecutive matches. Since last year’s unforgettable loss to Virginie Razzano in the first round of Roland Garros, which was Serena’s only career loss in the first round of a Grand Slam, the win-loss record of the American is 68-3, including the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open. Razzano also progressed today, with a 7-6(6) 6-4 victory over Claire Feuerstein.
Besides being the heavy favorite no matter what, the 2013 draw has been exceptionally kind to Serena. The biggest contenders in her half are fifth seed Sara Errani, with whom Serena should not have problems, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who has been greatly struggling this claycourt season, and not to mention tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki, who is yet to win a match on red clay in 2013. All the other notable names are in Maria Sharapova’s half. (photo via Tennis Buzz)