10 Players with the Most to Prove at 2014 French Open

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10 Players with the Most to Prove at 2014 French Open
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The 2014 French Open slides into its second week with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic mowing down opposite sides of the bracket. Meanwhile, longtime contenders Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are hoping for nothing less than the championship.

This comes on the heels of the first week, often a time of survival for the stars, where the title can only be lost. Already gone are the top three women in the world, Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska. Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova was also given her pink slip.

For the men, casualties included No. 3-seed Stanislas Wawrinka and young challengers Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov.

The second week only increases the stakes for the best of the rest. There will be bigger matches and added surprises, with even more for the remaining stars to to prove.

Here are their ambitions as they battle for the dream of a French Open title.

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