- Associated Press - Saturday, May 26, 2012

PARIS (AP) - Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:

VICTORIA AZARENKA

Ranked: 1

Age: 22


Country: Belarus

2012 Match Record: 35-3

2012 Singles Titles: 4

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 1 _ Australian Open (‘12)

Last 5 French Opens: `11-Lost in Quarterfinals, `10-1st Round, `09-QF, `08-4th, `07-1st

Topspin: First time she is seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam tournament. … Took over the top spot in the WTA rankings after winning her first major title in Australia. … Was the fourth consecutive first-time women’s Grand Slam champion. … Her 26-match winning streak was the longest at the start of a season since 1997.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Ranked: 2

Age: 25

Country: Russia

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