French Open 2014: Players Who Will Ride Momentum to Wimbledon Run

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJune 10, 2014

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their final match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Outside of overall winners Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, the 2014 French Open ended in heartbreak.

But with another Grand Slam coming up in just a few weeks, it's already time to turn the page. For players who made a run to the quarters, semis or final match, another huge tournament might be in store.

On the men's side, no player has more on the line than Andy Murray. After being trounced by Nadal at Roland Garros, the defending champion still comes into Wimbledon with plenty of confidence after reaching just his second French Open semifinal.

For the women, Simona Halep is on a tear and could be in line for another run in London. While she still doesn't have a Grand Slam title to her name, it appears likely that she'll claim one sooner rather than later.

With Wimbledon getting underway on June 23, here's a look at some of the top contenders who will continue their momentum from Roland Garros.

Andy Murray

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Last season, the tennis world was relieved to see Murray finally claim the Wimbledon title for his countrymen.

After tying for his career-best performance at Roland Garros, Murray comes into London eyeing a repeat. He also comes in with a new coach in Amelie Mauresmo, per Naila-Jean Meyers of The New York Times, who won a Wimbledon title of her own in 2006.

Murray's mother, Judy Murray, expressed her thoughts on the decision:

The two-time Grand Slam winner has been without a coach since March, so having more support in his corner will be crucial. With the grass court season coming up, his decision couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

After rejoining the top five, thanks to a strong showing in the French Open, repeating at Wimbledon would boost him back into his rightful place in the Big Four.

Simona Halep

So close, yet so far away.

Following a career-best showing at the Australian Open, Halep surged yet again and came one win away from her first Grand Slam title. TennisNow pointed to her success thus far this season:

After the tears were wiped away on the court, Halep no doubt turned her sights to the grass court season. Despite the loss, Halep can rest well at night knowing that she was a strong contender on the biggest stage of her life.

Sharapova spoke about just how difficult Halep was to beat in the final, per Fox Sports:

That strong play against Sharapova and many of the top players in the world before her will continue at Wimbledon. Riding a wave of confidence that has seen her win 10 Grand Slam matches already this year, Halep will see that success continue in London.

While Halep made her debut in a Grand Slam final in Paris, it will hardly be her last. Another lengthy run could see her pushing Li Na for the No. 2 ranking and nipping at the heels of Serena Williams at just 22 years old.

David Ferrer

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 02:  David Ferrer of Spain celebrates a point during his men's singles match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa on day nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Im
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While finishing his run at Roland Garros in the quarterfinals certainly isn't where David Ferrer hoped, the Spanish player has been consistent lately at Wimbledon.

The 32-year-old has reached the quarters in the last two seasons in London and might just be primed to succeed that later this month. Ferrer had two straight years where he reached the third round, then two more where he plateaued in the fourth round before these last two seasons in the quarterfinals.

Simply getting past one of the Big Four would have a huge impact on Ferrer's confidence. Following a 19-4 record last season in Grand Slams, he hasn't finished short of a quarterfinal in his last 10 major tournaments.

Reaching the semifinals in London would mark his best performance at the tournament, but reaching his second career Grand Slam final could be huge for his career.

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