The only Italian seed, Caroline Garcia avoids Iga Swiatek’s match, the Frenchwoman does not paint in the draw

The French first in the WTA ranking, seeded number 5, could find world number 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.

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Caroline Garcia during the Madrid tournament, April 29, 2023. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Caroline Garcia will not see Iga Swiatek before the final. The Frenchwoman placed in the middle of the table of world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka during the Roland-Garros 2023 women’s table draw on Thursday 25 May. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman, number 5 in the world and best classified among the French teams, could find the Belarusian again in the quarterfinals. And she won’t have an easy road, since she could also find Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (17th, winner in 2017) or Russian Daria Kasatkina (9th) on her way.

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The draw hasn’t been kind to defending champion Iga Swiatek either, who could find Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals for a remake of the last final, then Elena Rybakina (#4 seed) and Ons Jabeur (#4 seed) . The draw revealed a 100% tricolor duel between Selena Janicijevic and Oceane Dodin. Other French women have not been spoiled by the draw. Recipient of an invite, Diane Parry inherited top seed Anhelina Kalinina, a recent finalist in Rome. Alizé Cornet will face the Italian Camila Giorgi in the first round.

Nice shakes from the first lap

Fate has been kinder to Kristina Mladenovic, who has inherited either a qualified or lucky underdog. Author of a good run during the 2022 edition, Léolia Jeanjean will compete against the Australian Kimberley Birrell (110th player in the world). Clara Burel will challenge Sara Sorribes Tormo, 132nd player in the world, while Jessika Ponchet fired Argentine Nadia Podoroska (102nd).

The draw also reserved some first-round shocks. The third player in the world Jessica Pegula will have to get rid of compatriot Danielle Collins (45th in the WTA). The 18th seed Victoria Azarenka will face the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, winner of the US Open 2019. The Polish Magda Linette (21st) will face the young Canadian Leylah Fernandez (49th), a finalist in the United States in 2021, while the Czech Karolina Pliskova (16th ) will be faced by the American Sloane Stephens (33rd). For her return to Parisian soil, Elina Svitolina (508th) will be pitted against Martina Trevisan (26th), semifinalist in 2022.

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