French Open Tennis 2012: Last-Minute Predictions for Opening Round

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Elena Baltacha of Great Britain celebrates a point during the women's singles first round match between Elena Baltacha of Great Britain and Samantha Stosur of Australia on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros kicking off Sunday, May 27 at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET), it’s time to get our last-minute predictions in for the opening round of action.

It’s not easy to predict anything on the clay courts of Roland Garros, but the first round consists mostly of the lower-ranked players trying to get their momentum going for the long tournament ahead.

Memorial Day weekend in the United States is a huge party, but the fun can’t begin until the 2012 French Open officially kicks off!

 

When: May 27 through June 10

Watch: NBC, ESPN2, Tennis Channel

Where: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France

Live Stream: ESPN3.com, Roland-Garros TV

Listen: Roland-Garros Radio

 

ROME, ITALY - MAY 18:  Venus Williams of the USA in action against Maria Sharapova of Russia in their quarter final match during day seven of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2012 at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 18, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by
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Venus Williams Will Lose

Venus Williams has never won a French Open title in her career, and 2012 does not look to be her claim to fame. While Venus hasn’t lost in the first round since 2001, she has been bounced before the fourth round four out of the last six French Opens.

While Argentinean Paula Ormaechea is a first-time entrant, she will handle the pressure of the big stage and knock Williams out at Roland Garros.

 

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 17:  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in action in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day three of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 17, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Will Advance

There is nothing better than a good home-field advantage story, and that is what we have when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes the court at Roland Garros. The native of France has been playing solid over the last year and looks to take the next step into the mainstream by winning this weekend.

Tsonga will face French Open rookie Andrey Kuznetsov in what should be an easy way to get the momentum moving for what could be a dream run.

 

ROME, ITALY - MAY 15:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a forehand volley against  Michael Llodra of France   in their second round match during day four of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2012 at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 15, 2012 in
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Juan Martin Del Potro Will Steal the Show

Albert Montanes is a tough veteran of the tour, but it will be Juan Martin Del Potro that brings the heat and wins their first-round matchup. Del Potro is playing great tennis right now, and Montanes doesn’t have enough in the tank to outlast the younger and faster Argentinean star.

As long as Del Potro doesn’t get caught sleeping on the veteran, he should be able to finish him off easily.

 

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