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With the large grand slam field (128 players), Sharapova won't face a player her equal until she gets to the quarterfinals and plays Serena Williams.
Granted, it's a huge assumption to say that both players will win out to play one another. But it is expected, and thus tennis fans can get excited about the matchup between the two.
Considering Serena's dominant three-year run from 2008 to 2010 and her being the only lady to pinch a cramp in Sharapova's hold on runner-up status in the last three grand slams, a matchup between the two would be the most anticipated quarterfinals matchup of the entire French Open.
If Sharapova could get by Williams, her confidence would be brimming and and so high that she might actually believe she could capture the one grand slam trophy she has yet to hold.
It almost wouldn't matter who she plays in the semis or finals, since she would be playing as well as she's ever played in Paris. That said, Victoria Azarenka is the top-seeded player in the tournament and a thorn in the side of Sharapova thus far (as stated earlier, she's the one who defeated Maria in the Australia Open earlier this year).
Both players are playing great and the two would combine for a memorable matchup if they meet in early June.