The French Open is my favorite major, and this year, Justine Henin will be there--not handing out a trophy, but in the draw, which was released today. Henin, seeded 22nd, has won the French Open four times, and is seen by many as a favorite to win this year. She'll begin her campaign with a first round match against Tvetsana Pironkova, a baseline player who has a hard time closing matches (though she did just upset Elena Dementieva in Warsaw).
Twelve qualifiers have emerged, and here they are with their first round opponents:
Nuria Llagostera Vives vs. Shahar Peer (18)
Ksenia Pervak vs. Maria Sharapova (12)
Anastasia Pivovarova vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru
Simona Halep vs. Samantha Stosur (7)
Kaia Kanepi vs. Pauline Parmentier
Sophie Ferguson vs. Petra Kvitova
Misaki Doi vs. Polona Hercog
Chanelle Scheepers vs. Mathilde Johansson
Heidi El Tabakh vs. Aravane Rezai (15)
Zhang Shuai vs. Nadia Petrova (19)
Ekaterina Ivanova vs. Dominika Cibulkova (26)
Karumi Nara vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja
Players who failed to qualify include: Anna Lapushchenkova (seeded 2 in the qualifying draw), Edina Gallovits (seeded 3rd), Michelle Larcher De Brito, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.