With such a topsy-t

With such a topsy-turvy run-up to the French Open,here’s a look at the potential title contenders and how they stack up Serena Williams (1) Titles won this season:Rome French Open history: Best result – Won three times (2002 2013 and 2015) Last year’s result – Won Serena Williams is once again the favourite at a Grand Slam Getty Images The defending champion’s timely peak in form makes her the outright favourite for French Open 2016 This will be her third attempt to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slams and the American will be eager to get past this landmark after narrowly missing out on at the US Open and Australian Open She will also be looking to complete a rare quadruple career grand slam having won each of the other three majors six times Williams who suffered defeats to Kerber Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2016 had been plagued with fitness issues after the hard court season The Italian Open is the only other claycourt tournament that she has played this year but her dominance in Rome (winning the tournament without dropping a set) showed that she’s back competing at full throttle Angelique Kerber (3) Titles won this season: Australian Open Stuttgart French Open history: Best result – Quarter-finals (2012) Last year’s result – Third round Reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber will be gunning for her second slam Getty Images The Australian Open champion has historically struggled at Roland Garros making it past the fourth round only once However Kerber can be comfortable onclayindoors as she displayed at Stuttgart by defending her title She also notched two back-to-back wins on the red dirt against talented clay-courters Simona Halep and Irina-Camelia Begu The German had a brilliant 2015 – lifting four trophies – but failed to achieve the same results at the majors never going past past the third round last year This year she already has proven that trend wrong by defeating Azarenka and Williams on her way to her first Grand Slam If she can produce the same consistency and play with confidence in Paris she has a good chance of replicating herMelbourne success Garbine Muguruza (4) Titles won this season: None French Open history: Best result – Quarter-finals (2014 and 2015) Last year’s result – Quarter-finals 22-year-old Garbine Muguruza is one of the most impressive young talents on the tour Getty Images The Spaniard grabbed people’s attention when she shocked Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 at the French Open to make quarter-finals in 2014 She made another run to the last eightin Paris in 2015 defeating Kerber and Flavia Penetta on the way Since then she has amassed two titles reached Wimbledon finals and climbed to number four in the world rankings Touted as the “next big thing” on the women’s tour Muguruza had failed to live up to the promise But she comes to Roland Garros on the heels of some great results – including a win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky – in Rome where she eventually lost to Madison Keys in the semis The 22-year-old relies on a power game that is perfect for clay Her big serving and attacking ground strokes will be her asset Victoria Azarenka (5) Titles won this season to: Brisbane Indian Wells Miami French Open history: Best result – Semi-finals (2013) Last year’s result – Third round Victoria Azarenka will aim to continue her climb back to the top of the women’s rankings at Roland Garros Getty Images The two-time Grand Slam champion has fought her way back from injuries to the top five of the rankings in women’s tennis this year She started her year with a title at Brisbane lost the Australian Open quarters toeventual champion Kerber and then produced some of her best tennis – including a straight sets win overSerena Williams in – to complete the Sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami The Belarusian then defeated two talented upcoming Russians Daria Kasatkina and Margarita Gasparyan on clay in the Fed Cup Her winning streak on clay her least preferred surface was interrupted by a back injury She was then forced to withdraw in the third round in Madrid and struggled with movement during her second-round loss to red-hot Irina-Camelia Begu at Rome If Azarenka can regain her rhythm next week she will be a strong contender to watch out for in the second week of the Slam She has a winning head-to-head against three of the top four and a favourable draw could help her cause further Simona Halep (6) Titles won this season: Madrid French Open history: Best result – Finals (2014) Last year’s result-Second round Simona Halep of Romania will hope to make another deep run at the French Open Getty Images Clay is by far Halep’s favourite surface with four titles and three other finals on this surface Two of those final losses came in 2014 – her first year in the top 10 – at the hands of Maria Sharapova over three tight sets in both instances And one of those was in at Roland Garros Halep suffered a sophomore slump of sorts in 2015 with plenty of early-round exits including her second-round defeat at French Open This year she has experienced a roller-coaster ride on the tour with a poor showing at the Australian Open but decent quarter-final runs at Indian Wells and Miami On clay she may have just discovered form at the right time winning the Madrid Open with the loss of just one set With coach Darren Cahill in her corner her defensive skills cannot be ignored If she can keep her composure she can make in-roads into the second week Dark Horses: Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu started the year ranked at 31 In the clay season she made two quarters and one semi to rise to 28 With her seeding of 25 at the French Open she is one player that most of the top seeds would like to avoid She is also my pick of the underdogs to watch out for Having already defeated Muguruza and Azarenka she will definitely look to continue her scalps 21-year-old American Madison Keys impressed in Rome by reaching the finals and seems to have found her footing on clay She defeated Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in her strong run losing out to champion Serena Williams Seeded 15th she could continue to be a threat to other higher-ranked players Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova (10) has always been unpredictable and could spring a surprise or two if she gains some confidence early on Then there is 8th seed Bacsinszky who captured her first title of 2016 in Rabat and reached the quarters in Madrid Last year’s finalist Lucie Safarova has a clay-court title under her belt this year as well Though her campaign was derailed by food poisoning she comes to Paris well-rested and ready for a challenge It’s not often that a second seed is considered a dark horse but for Agnieszka Radwanska clay has been an evident weakness Nevertheless her consistency over the past 12 months should give her a confidence boost in Paris to get past some of the easier early rounds On the other end of the pendulum is seasoned clay-courter Carla Suarez Navarro The Spaniard is seeded 12th and the hallowed courts of Roland Garros fall right in her comfort zone Sloane Stephens and Dominika Cibulkova with a clay title apiece are dangerous seeds at 19 and 23 respectively Apart from Serena Williams the only other active former champions in the draw are Svetlana Kuznetsova Francesca Schiavone and Ana Ivanovic Maria Sharapova is absent due to the provisional suspension that she is serving for testing positive for meldonium Of the other women to have lifted the French Open trophy Kuznetsova is the most likely dark horse She has had a solid clay season and can still upset the proverbial apple cart Ludhiana | Updated: February 26 2014 12:29 am Related News Narula in Ludhiana on Tuesday Gurmeet Singh The Human Rights Protection Council has announced that it will file a fresh PIL in the High Court seeking a CBI probe into the multi-crore VAT refund scam Dr K O S Narula chairman of the council said “Though a PIL was filed earlier as well no significant outcome has been seen in this case as the case is now being probed by the excise department and the vigilance department We will be seeking a CBI probe so that the real culprits can be revealed” He said that a total of32 companies of Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh were found to be involved in this scam Though in the earlier complaints a few officers were transferred and even FIRs were lodged against a few companies tax recovery was to the bare minimum The council members stated that they would be presenting the facts and figures before the High Court so that the money involved in the scam could be unearthed For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: April 28 2012 12:44 am Related News New loadshedding protocol being devised based on power theftlosses In a move to curb power thefts in the statethe Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided to increase loadshedding in regions that experienced largescale losses owing to theft A new system has been devised by the power utility wherein loadshedding will be based on amount of loss due to power thefts In Pune divisionManchar will face loadshedding for over seven hours due to high distribution and commercial losses An official letter sent to superintending engineers in all divisionswhich has been posted on the power utilitys websitesays the loadshedding protocol needs to be fair and just for consumers paying dues in time as well as where losses/thefts are low The loadshedding protocol needs to be sensitive to genuine consumers and has to be harsh in areas where losses are high and payment of electricity dues is low Based on the new system devised by the power companynow regions with heavy power thefts will fall in the D,E and F categories Regions in F division wherein losses of around 50 to 55 per cent are recorded in urban and 53 to 58 per cent in rural areas will see loadshedding for 7 and 13 hours respectively Based on level of distribution and commercial loss (DCL) MSEDCL will have loadshedding hours ranging from 7 to 11 hours in city areas and 13 to 16 hours in rural areas Officials said the high DCL losses in many areas is on account of some specific feeders and is not the true picture of the general area as a whole There will be a segregation of feeders having very high and very low losses so that a modified loadshedding protocol can be applied at the feeder level instead of the division level Three very high-level DCL groups are being identifiedG1G2 and G 3 With formation of these three groupsthere will be areas that will move based on their own performance of DCL loss For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Atul Nanda | Published: September 8 2011 3:06 am Related News The Delhi high court is a different court building Unlike some other high courts in this countryit is not an ornate structure replete with reminders of the majestic structures that the British Raj bequeathed to us It is a simplefunctional building A place where people with troubles come with their caseswhere lawyers with varied levels of skill argue those casesand where justices with years of learning behind them dispense withand dispose ofthose cases Yesterdaythis structure was dealt a blow Yesterday was a Wednesday A day when some benches of this court hear cases of senior citizens A day when court number onethe court of the honble chief justicehears public interest litigants It wasthereforea day well chosen well chosen for diabolical action The location was even more sinister The bomb went off near gate number five; that is the gate where every layman who wishes to enter the court has to present himself at a reception areaand where their entry passes are prepared And the court was picked welltoo The judges of the Delhi high courtunder the leadership of Chief Justice Dipak Misrahave now recorded the highest number of case disposals The number of pending cases are steadily decreasing and that meansas wellmore hearingswhich means more people and thus more possible casualties On a normal dayat around 1030 amit would be a very different picture at the high court The court compound would resound with the horns of lawyers cars trying to parktheir argumentative skills put to fine use even before they walk into a courtroom It would be filled with clerks trying to move bags of briefs to the courtsmaking every effort to get there in time for the ensuing battle of words There would be scores of litigants thronging the two elevators on the three floors Some newsome seasoned but all of them hoping that they were inching towards a fair and favourable end to their legal woes On a normal daythe atmosphere would be charged with banterargumentfrayed tempers The air would resound with invitations to cups of tea at the canteenstories of cases won and lost But today was not a normal day It was a Wednesday The bomb went off; some were killed; others were injured The court was closed Some of those who were in court when the explosion occurred said it felt like someone was moving the earth below them Some heard it all the way to the parking lot in the Supreme Court What then followedas it always doesis the wave of calls and text messages Are you OK Where are you Are you in the high court The relief in their voices was palpable just at the sound of me answering Hello to my ringing phone I heardtodayfrom familyfrom friendsfrom clientsfrom people whom I thought were long gone and forgotten Thank God it wasnt yousaid one of them Strangelythe bomb went off where my car is normally parked But I am not in Delhiand my car is in my driveway at home Thank God indeed But what of those who were not so lucky We have suffered a great human loss People who came looking for justice were taken away by an act of injustice Cowardly injustice Butas with all things Indianthe human spirit will not flag Within hours of the blastthe high court resumed work The post-lunch session went as planned; all courts were working And todaythe court will open as ever The cars will honkthe clerks will rushthe litigants will throng The structure will function The lady of justice will blaze ever more Even though yesterday a palace of justice was assaultedours is a country which guarantees a fair trial even for the perpetrators of such actions In the words of a young girl who visited these precincts a few months ago? The tour then moved to the indoor clay courts of Stuttgart.

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