French Open 2012: Fearless Forecasts for the Final Eight

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French Open 2012: Fearless Forecasts for the Final Eight
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And then there were eight...

We are well into the second week of the 2012 French Open—the second major of the season.

All the serious matchups begin in earnest with the quarterfinals held at Stade Roland Garros.

Getting to this point has been a fairly bumpy ride for the ladies, unlike the men, whose top four cling valiantly to their reliable life raft.

We have, to date, lost the women's No. 1 seed, Victoria Azarenka, as well as the No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Last year's champion, Li Na of China, is also out of the tournament.

Then, too, Serena Williams, the pre-tournament favorite, went out in the first round with sister Venus following in round two. 

As the red dust settles, several of the ladies left standing are first-time major quarterfinalists.

For the men, the status quo remains firmly fixed. The top four men are still battling as they head into the quarterfinals. 

Following is what is bound to happen during the rest of week two. 

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