2010 French Open – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Round 1
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Alicia Molik (AUS)
Jankovic comes into the tournament ranked #4 in the world and is playing extremely well. She reached the finals in Rome and then was a quarterfinalist in Madrid. She is working with IMG Bollettieri Tennis Director Chip Brooks and they have a great relationship which seems to have really helped her game. She was a semifinalist at the French Open in 2007 and 2008 and reached the fourth round last year.
Molik is a 29-year old veteran who comes into the French ranked #95 in the world. She is only 14-12 on the year and she hasn’t had great results at Roland Garros in the past. A win against Jankovic right now would certainly be a big boost for her confidence.
Molik is 4-2 against Jankovic but the last two times they played Jankovic won in straight sets. Jankovic came back home to the Academy this year and I’ve been a lot of time with her working on her game. She is really enjoying playing again which is the biggest key for her. She has one of the best two-handed backhands on the tour, her movement makes her extremely dangerous but she just needs to keep her attitude positive and not worry about her opponents. I think she will win this match, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her make a deep run here.
Nick’s Pick – Jankovic in 2 sets
Venus Williams (USA) vs. Patty Schnyder (SUI)\
Venus comes in as the #2 ranked player in the world in both singles and doubles and she already has two titles on the year. She has a remarkable 26-4 record in 2010 and just reached the finals of Madrid earlier this month. Simply stated: Watch out for Venus!
The 31-year old Schnyder is a former top-ten player who is now ranked #61 in the world. She has had good success at the French Open, reaching the quarters twice and the fourth round five other times. Her best days may be behind her, but she can still compete with the top women when she is on her game.
Venus is 10-0 against Schnyder and just beat her a couple of weeks ago on the clay in Rome in straight sets. Venus clearly knows how to beat Schnyder, but she cannot come into this match over confident. Schnyder is a tricky lefty who hits with a lot of spin, moves well and understands how to win on clay. What she lacks is a weapon to hurt Venus. I have to give the edge to Venus is basically every category, but if Venus starts making too many unforced errors on the forehand and double faults a couple of times this match could get interesting.
Nick’s Pick – V. Williams in 2 sets