The defending champion comes into this tournament with similarly strong claims as number seven seed, with odds of 14/1 (Boylesports free bets) available about the lady from China and she clearly feels at home on the clay court surface.
However, the last five years illustrate that the women’s renewal is always a wide open affair, even if the bookies have predictably made Serena Williams favourite to win at Roland Garros, with the American having triumphed here ten years ago.
Serena tends to pick and choose her tournaments a little more carefully these days, although the 30-year-old can be backed at 5/2 (Stan James bookmaker) to claim victory in what could be her final year on the circuit.
Sister Venus is also participating in this tournament, although the older sibling’s style of play does not seem particularly well suited to clay as the odds of 66/1 would suggest.
One player who could take a good deal of beating is Victoria Azarenka, who broke her Grand Slam duck in Australia a few months ago and now seemingly has the world at her feet. The Belarussian made the quarter finals of the French last year and has the tools to go close this term, which is reflected in her quote of 7/2 for outright glory.
Maria Sharapova is a 7/1 poke (BetVictor free £50 bet) and the Russian is looking for her first victory at Roland Garros, with a semi-final being reached last year and we should note that the French is the only Grand Slam in which the 25-year-old has failed to win.
Perhaps an exciting each-way bet could be Francesca Schiavone, who won the 2010 French Open before losing to Li Na in the final. We know that the Italian loves playing in this tournament and she is also a tenacious battler who will be hard for anyone to beat.
The 31-year-old has been woefully out of form in the past few months although a couple of early victories could still see her go close in an event where she has proven herself a sturdy competitor.
Samantha Stosur flies the flag for Australia and has a definite chance in a wide open heat, while Petra Kvitova will also consider Wimbledon to be her best chance of another Grand Slam although the Czech could potentially modify her game to go close.