Arantxa Sánchez Vicario: Serena Williams is the favorite to win French Open, but she is beatable

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario: Serena Williams is the favorite to win French Open, but she is beatable

Interviewed at the French Open, former champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario shared her opinions about the upcoming final matches and about the competitors who will reach WTA Finals.

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Answering the reporter’s questions (as reported by the Miami Herald), three-time French Open champion (she won the tournament in 1989, 1994 and 1998) and next ambassador for the WTA Finals Arantxa Sánchez Vicario told her opinions about the results of the women’s singles tournament.

“Serena is most likely to win”.

The Spaniard didn’t disagree with the general predictions, which want the defending champion, Serena Williams, to confirm her claim over the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.  "I think she's the favorite to win", Sánchez Vicario said. "She's always the favorite".

The Spaniard added that a defeat is always possible. "Definitely she is a human being, so she's beatable" she added. "In other tournaments people (didn't) expect her to lose, and she lost."

Among the major upsets mentioned by Sánchez Vicario, we could surely find the latest Grand Slam final, in which Germany’s Angelique Kerber won the Australian Open title in a close match against the American, who everyone took as the favorite to win the trophy. Unforgettable for Serena Williams and her fans is also last year’s U.S. Open semifinal, where the American lost in three sets against Roberta Vinci, on her road to claim the first Calendar Slam in her career.

US's Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy after winning the women's final of the French Open tennis championships at Roland Garros in Paris, France on June 6, 2015. (Photo by liewig christian/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Garbiñe Muguruza Is A Contender To Claim The Title

Serena’s current record counts 21 Grand Slams titles, three of them won on the clay of Roland Garros. If she’ll manage to confirm her title, she will equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 titles won in a major. Sánchez Vicario didn’t want to name the best one between the two players. "Both (had) a lot of success", she told the reporters. "Which one is better? That's a question I leave up to you."

If Serena will not win, who could be a contender to the title?

"I think Garbiñe Muguruza is most likely to win", Sánchez Vicario answered.

The young Spaniard, her fellow countrywoman, has reached the semifinals of Roland Garros for the first time, and once already she has stopped Serena Williams on her way to defend her French Open title; it happened in 2014, when unseeded Muguruza defeated Serena in the second round, and then reached the quarterfinals for the first time in a major.

If they both manage to advance, they could eventually meet in the final, where Muguruza could set her revenge for last year’s Wimbledon final, when Serena defeated her in straight sets.

Predictions On The WTA Finals

Being nominated next ambassador for the WTA Finals, the year-end championships for the women’s tennis, Sánchez Vicario shared her predictions on which will be the players who will meet in Singapore to claim the title

In no particular order, she mentioned current number one, Serena Williams, as well as Singapore’s defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska. She also listed last year’s contenders Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, and Angelique Kerber, as well as Victoria Azarenka, Timea Bacsinszky, and Carla Suárez Navarro.

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