A month away from France's red clay

Maria Sharapova became the 10th woman to win a career Grand Slam when she defeated Sara Errani at the 2012 French Open. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

One month from today, on May 26, the French Open opens at Roland Garros. The tournament dates back to 1891, and the first women’s singles champion was crowned in 1897 when Adine Masson won the trophy. In the Open Era, Chris Evert has won the most titles on the red clay, with seven. This year’s draw is expected to feature six former champions: Maria Sharapova (2012), Li Na (2011), Francesca Schiavone (2010), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009), Ana Ivanovic (2008) and Serena Williams (2002).

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