Talking about the upcoming and highly anticipated Roland Garros 2021, former WTA American champion Chris Evert talked about the Parisian Slam and about the WTA stars who played in Paris, during an interview with Eurosport.
She said: "The strongest of the WTA Tour? I see Ashleigh Barty very in shape, then there is Sabalenka who adapted very well to the clay and surprised me too.
For me Ashley is special and I think she can be capable of anything.
She has power, talent, she is good at goal and she knows how to defend herself, I think she is the favorite for the victory in Paris. My favorite order is Barty, Swiatek and Sabalenka." Evert was also asked about Naomi Osaka and her difficulties on clay.
In this regard she commented: "I remember that at the beginning even Maria Sharapova had great difficulties, she even defined herself as a cow on ice (she laughs).
Chris Evert: "Ashleigh Barty is the favorite at Roland Garros 2021"
Despite this she eventually won two Roland Garros.
There was a need to work and with Osaka it's the same. I think it will take a couple of years to improve on this surface, you have to be patient. She certainly won't win Roland Garros this year, but maybe things could change in the future.
Possible outsiders for Paris? Serena Williams, if you make it to the second week, you can always become a formidable opponent. Also I see that Coco Gauff is playing very well and maybe she can surprise. I see the two of them as the main outsiders."
About Iga Swiatk she said: "" Iga Swiatek? I think she is one of the players to be reckoned with in the entire circuit. Last year, I saw her win against all of her rivals and I thought 'Who is this girl and where is she from? How did she get so strong? ' Since that day I have followed her often and I notice that she improves day by day.
She is learning and experiencing, she is not yet invincible on clay but she makes progress with every tournament she passes. "