PARIS -- Martina Navratilova's return to the French Open
will come against a woman born one year after the left-hander last
won the tournament.
Navratilova, playing singles at a Grand Slam event for the first
time since 1994, was drawn Friday to face Gisela Dulko, a
19-year-old Argentine who has never won a match at a major. The
tournament starts Monday.
If she wins, Navratilova could face 1994 Wimbledon champion
Conchita Martinez in the second round, and Serena Williams in the
fourth. Williams and her sister, No. 4 Venus, could meet in the
Navratilova, 47, won the French Open in 1982 and 1984, two of
her 18 Grand Slam singles championships. Still a top doubles
player, she asked for a singles wild card at Roland Garros this
year, which she has said will be her last on tour.
Serena opens against 50th-ranked Iveta Benesova, while Venus
faces 55th-ranked Tamarine Tanasugarn. Defending champion and
top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne's first match comes against
Sandrine Testud, a French wild card.
Men's No. 1 Roger Federer looks to have a tough draw in his bid
to win a third title in the past four majors. After opening against
a qualifier, he could face Nicolas Kiefer, the highest-ranked
unseeded player in the tournament.
Federer's third-round opponent could be three-time French Open
winner Gustavo Kuerten. That half of the draw also includes major
champions Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Albert Costa and defending
French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero, who might be tested right
away by first-round foe Tommy Haas.
On the other half of the draw, No. 2 Andy Roddick will meet
American veteran Todd Martin in the first round, and might face
Davis Cup teammate Robby Ginepri in the second. Roddick's potential
quarterfinal opponent is eight-time major champ Andre Agassi, who
opens against a qualifier.
That quarter appears to be the easiest, with serve-and-volleyers
Mark Philippoussis and Tim Henman, along with a slumping Paradorn
The other possible men's quarterfinals are Federer vs. No. 8
David Nalbandian, Ferrero vs. No. 7 Rainer Schuettler, and No. 3
Guillermo Coria vs. No. 5 Carlos Moya.
The women's quarterfinals could be: Henin-Hardenne vs. No. 8
Nadia Petrova, Serena Williams vs. No. 7 Jennifer Capriati, Venus
Williams vs. No. 6 Anastasia Myskina, and No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo vs.
No. 5 Lindsay Davenport.