Williams the One to Beat in French Open

Maria Sharapova and Li Na both have a healthy respect for Serena Williams as they go into the French Open. Both tennis stars consider Williams the one to beat after her almost complete domination of the title last year in Paris.

Serena WilliamsWilliams has had, at best, a patchy 2014. She has won titles in Brisbane and Miami, but was bundled out of the Australian Open and succumbed to a succession of injuries.

However, she goes into the French Open as favourite on the back of a power-pack performance in Rome last week where she dropped just one set throughout the tournament.

Sharapova concedes she has a big hill to climb. Williams has a long run of wins against Sharapova. Sharapova is hoping the French crowd will get behind her. “It’s tough to handle the pressure because you know that if you do bad you know they are going to be tough with you; but on the other hand, you ned to charm them because they are pretty tough to charm.” But when yu have them in your pocket they are just behind you 100% and they can give you wings.”

Williams, by contrast thrives on the pressure, “… as Billie Jean King tells me,” she told reporters, “pressure is a privilege.”

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