Despite slipups, don't discount French favorites at Roland Garros

Arguably, the top four favorites to win the French Open left resounding images of defeat last week. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin and Serena Williams all faltered, but is this a sign of things to come as Roland Garros approaches?

Originally Published: May 13, 2008
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

A few thoughts on the weird week that was and the wacky one that will be:

Yes, four big players took it on the chin last week at the Rome Masters and Italian Open, respectively, but each of those defeats meant something entirely different. Let's look at them one by one.

Justine Henin: The No. 1 raised a few eyebrows after her loss to Dinara Safina in Berlin when she said, "I thought you had to suffer to succeed. I don't want that anymore. I want to find serenity.'' ...

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