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As usual, the outlook for the American women is slightly brighter than it is for the men, even if you take the favorite Serena Williams out of the picture.
The American audiences will certainly have their eyes on Sloane Stephens (No. 15). Stephens has made the fourth round here the past two years and hasn't lost before the fourth round at a major in almost two years. However, she hasn't looked good this year, and her attitude has often been questioned.
Still, Stephens has hope in Paris for another solid run. Jana Cepelova, who took out Serena in Charleston and made the final, awaits in Round 2. In Round 3 she could face Russian Ekaterina Makarova (No. 22), or fellow Americans Shelby Rogers or Coco Vandeweghe. Simona Halep (No. 4) would be her fourth-round opponent.
Venus Williams (No. 29) has a brutal draw, facing Belinda Bencic in the first round. Bencic is a talented teenager from Switzerland who made the semifinals in Charleston as a qualifier this year. If Venus makes it through the first two rounds, her sister would await in the third round.
Madison Keys has a chance at an early upset when she takes on Sara Errani (No. 10). Errani made the finals in 2012 and the semifinals last year, but has fallen off a bit this year and was injured in the Rome final last week. Keys certainly has the power to rattle Errani, and could inherit a great draw if she plays her first round well.
Christina McHale has been on the rise this spring, and she faces Elena Vesnina (No. 32) in a winnable first-round encounter before possibly facing 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone in the second round. Schiavone is far from her best these days, so McHale could find herself in Round 3, where she'd meet Radwanska (No. 3).
In her Grand Slam debut, former Junior No. 1 Taylor Townsend faces off against fellow American Vania King. The winner gets Frenchwoman Alize Cornet (No. 20) in what would be a feisty but opportunity-filled affair.
Varvara Lepchenko made the fourth round here in 2012, but she faces tricky Czech Petra Cetkovska in the first round and could get Angelique Kerber (No. 8) in the second. Newly-converted American Anna Tatishvili faces Kurumi Nara in the first and Jelena Jankovic (No. 6) in the second, while Alison Riske could see Li Na (No. 2) for trouble in the second round as well.