Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Clay may not be Konjuh’s favourite surface but her run to the final on the red dirt in Belgrade this past week – as a qualifier – suggests the talented Croatian will be a force in qualifying these next few days in Paris.
The 23-year-old, who spent nearly three years out of action and underwent four elbow surgeries, made it to a first WTA final since January 2017 and is looking to recapture the form that saw her reach the US Open quarter-finals as a teenager back in 2016.
Konjuh had to retire during the Belgrade final on Saturday due to a right hip problem but is hopeful she will be ready for her opening qualifying round at Roland-Garros on Tuesday. She is targeting a first Grand Slam main-draw appearance since 2018.
“To be in the finals again, it’s been a while for me, and it means a lot after everything I’ve been through. And just to see that I can play at this level again, it’s great,” Konjuh said.
“I’m going to give my best [in Paris], those qualies are everything I’ve been working for these past few months, I really wanted to be in the Slams and now I’m back and I just hope I’m going to enjoy it.”
Konjuh faces American Robin Anderson in her first round of Roland-Garros qualifying.