With Serena Williams absent and other top contenders for the French womens singles title wet-nurse injuries the rivalry inspects wide open
1) Angelique Kerber
The German has regained her distinguish at the opening of the rankings simply because of the absence of the pregnant Serena Williams. Kerber originated the year by resigning her Australian Open crown in the fourth round and the US Open champion has struggled to raise her play since then, fuelling the debate that her No1 status is deceitful. Clay has never been her favourite face she has not reached the last eight at Roland Garros since 2012 and her floundering renditions in the build-up to Paris means that she will be prone during the first week. Kerber was trailing 6-3, 5-0 when she withdrew from her Madrid quarter-final against Eugenie Bouchard with a thigh harm and a 6-4, 6-0 rout to Anna Kontaveit in Rome increased the sense of crisis.
2) Karolina Pliskova
The Czech shot up the rankings last year, reaching her first grand slam final in New York she lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to Kerber and her large-scale suffice determines her an tricky proposition. At the same hour, however, it is debatable whether she moves with enough fluency to flourish on clay. The 25 -year-old has never been past the second round at Roland Garros and she still inspects unpleasant on the surface. Pliskovas four earns on the surface this year have come against participates graded outside the top 20, while early demolishes in Madrid, Prague, Rome and Stuttgart have prevented her from improving momentum.