Serena Williams didn't play on clay as much as we have seen her doing in the last couple of years. Compared to 2013, the year she won her second French Open title, and 2014, when she was surprisingly ousted in the second round by Muguruza, the American is yet to win a title on clay this year.
Could she manage to win the most important of all as her first of the year? The World No.1 pulled out of Rome, where she was defending champion, with a right elbow injury which Serena revealed to Courtney Nguyen for Sports Illustrated is yet to fully heal.
"Initially I was very worried about this injury, but then I got very good treatment and the pain has been alleviating. Because of that I feel a lot better going into the tournament. In the end it was a good choice to pull out of Rome.
Last year I was in doubt if I should have played in Rome, but then I decided to play and ended up winning the tournament. Then I arrived in Paris and couldn't practice until Friday". Serena revealed how she is feeling better, but hasn't yet been able to practice a full session without feeling some pain in her elbow.
It is not the best possible start to a tournament for the American, but clearly Serena has found herself more than once being challenged to reach her top level surviving the first rounds and finding her tennis as the tournament progressed.
At the same time, the tough draw ahead for the World No.1 could play a major role in a possible upset. Serena could find Azarenka in the third round, then her sister Venus in the fourth round.
In fact, Serena has only a couple of matches to find her top form in Paris. ALSO READ Gilbert Ysern: 'What happened to Federer is not the end of the World' .