Simon Reed

Only player who can beat Serena Williams in Paris is herself

Simon Reed

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It is Serena Williams's title to win or lose. Like it is at every Grand Slam she enters.

She has only won it twice, which is a bit strange when you consider her overall total of 17, but she is leaps and bounds better than anybody else.

She was never at her best against Alize Lim in opening up with a win, but she still came through with ease in the end.

Can anybody stop Serena?

Maria Sharapova has shown some really good form on clay. Of course, she will be tough.

She is in Williams' quarter of the draw so that could be interesting.

Serena has also not got the easiest of draws when you study it. She could face her sister Venus in the third round which may prove to be tricky. But Venus is not the greatest of clay-court players.

Serena tends to beat herself in Grand Slams - it is not usually the opponent that beats her.

I see the same this time.

A quarter-final between Serena and Sharapova is probably the best match of the tournament. I see that as the final before the final. Whoever wins that one, wins the title.

Do the rest have a chance? Not really.

Perhaps Li Na can take the spoils if Serena slips up. But I don't see it.

You wouldn't fancy anybody taking Serena in the final unless she has a major wobble. Of course, you can't rule that out. It has happened in the past.

I remember the match against Virginie Razzana a couple of years ago when she had a nightmare.

She has a tendency to do that. And it is so random. It could happen here. But she is in such good form that you wouldn't expect it.

Rather than the surface, the women's game is all about who is playing well.

Clay is Serena's least favourite surface, but when she is playing at her peak levels she wins easily against anybody in the world.

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