With Venus and Serena Williams absent from this year's French Open, the field is fairly wide open. However, there are some players to keep an eye on at Roland Garros.
A sweet repeat?
A repeat of the 2010 women's final is highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone reached the final where then 29-year-old Schiavone won in dramatic fashion. Both these women have struggled since and neither has won a tournament. Stosur may have some momentum though, reaching her first final since Roland Garros last week in Rome where she lost to champion Maria Sharapova.
Time to shine
Petra Kvitova has quietly played in four finals this year, winning three. Her latest title came after a two-set victory over Victoria Azarenka in Madrid. She followed that up with a finals appearance in Prague where she lost to Magdalena Rybarikova.
Never underestimate players with a history. Jelena Jankovic (left) has not won a Slam, but this former world No. 1 is a three-time French Open semifinalist. Ana Ivanovic (right), also a former world No. 1, won at Roland Garros in 2008.
Don't forget me
Russian Vera Zvonareva is ranked No. 3 in the world thanks largely to her consistent play in 2010. The 2010 US Open semifinalist has been playing under the radar in 2011, but has notched some important wins, including a victory over No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki for the Qatar title.
Fight the power
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the top-ranked American at Roland Garros. Can she win the title? Probably not. But she is a fighter, capable of beating anyone and she'll give American fans someone to cheer. Plus, it's always fun to see what she'll be wearing next.
Germans Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges have notched some big wins this year, proving they are players to be feared in anyone's draw. Both Petkovic and Goerges have 2011 wins over Caroline Wozniacki. While most of Petkovic's 2011 success came on the hard courts, Goerges looks tough on clay, winning Stuttgart and reaching the Madrid semis.
Victory for Victoria?
Victoria Azarenka won the Miami title and followed it up with a clay title in Marbella. She remained dominant, losing in the Madrid final to Petra Kvitova. Azarenka is a huge threat if she can stay healthy.
Last summer Kim Clijsters began a run that would see her winning an additional two Grand Slam titles. But a series of injuries have sidelined her since. While she hasn't seen any action in more than two months, Clijsters will always be in the hunt.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova looks like her old self after dealing with years of injuries. She looks strong heading to Roland Garros after defeating last year's finalist Samantha Stosur for the Rome title.
Hers for the taking
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has been the most consistent player on tour for the last two years, but she has yet to win a Slam. This clay court season she hasn't looked her strongest losing twice to Julia Goerges. Andrea Petkovic, Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva have all had victories over the top-ranked Dane, but Wozniacki has still earned two titles this year and is always a threat.