Martina Navratilova names three French Open favourites amid key injury update

Martina Navratilova has named three favourites to win the French Open women’s singles title and has provided an update on Iga Swiatek’s injury.

The Roland-Garros main draw gets started on Sunday and Navratilova says the second Grand Slam of the year could be ‘wide open’ if Swiatek isn’t at full fitness.

The world No.1 was forced to retire with injury in Rome last week but Navratilova is hearing that the problem is not as severe as first feared in what is a boost to the Polish star, who faces competition from Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina.

‘It all hinges on her health,’ Navratilova, an 18-time major winner, told the WTA about Swiatek. ‘From what I’m hearing, the [thigh] injury is not that bad. If she’s 100 per cent healthy, then she’s the odds-on favorite.

‘It’s Iga versus the field. If she’s not, then it’s wide open. And Sabalenka and Rybakina, they would be the favorites to win. No doubt about it, the way they’ve played on the clay.

‘All those players should be pretty confident coming in, with Swiatek having the most if her body is 100 percent. I mean, we could have a surprising winner, but chances are it will be one of the three.’

Navratilova added: ‘If I were [Sabalenka], I would feel pretty good about my chances… Not everybody realizes that Sabalenka’s power translates to any surface.

‘[Rybakina] winning in Rome, it’s pretty big… Don’t forget, Rybakina grew up on clay. She knows how to move on it.

‘This might surprise some people, but I think she’s got the better transition game of the three.’

Meanwhile, there will be no British players in the French Open women’s singles this year after Emma Raducanu’s surgery and several stars crashed out in qualifying, the first time that has happened at a Grand Slam in 14 years.

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