Although many tennis fans who bought tickets to the US Open women's final last year were disappointed that Serena was not on either side of the court, I was very ecstatic, because finally, the world had noticed this cheerful and crafty Italian player, Roberta Vinci.
She actually has done well in the US hard courts for years but hasn't reached the status of a grand slam finalist till that dramatic semifinal win over Serena. Now, here at Roland Garros, she may have another chance to have a dream run, mainly because of the quirks of the draw.
Garbine Muguruza in her side of the draw, but based on head-to-head history between her prospective match-ups, surprise, surprise - it is Roberta Vinci who has the best head-to-head record of everyone in this side of the draw.
Unfortunately, Vinci is not very well-known as a good clay courter so this side of the draw is pretty open.
There are other great players in this side of the draw like grand slam champions Petra Kvitova and Sveta Kuznetsova. But on paper, it's Christina McHale and Roberta Vinci, who are the favorites on this side of the draw. Let's see if that all pans out.