21 May 2011

Women's draw missing stars in France

6:56 am on 21 May 2011

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki begins her French Open tennis campaign against Japanese 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm who became the second oldest woman to win a match at Roland Garros when she knocked out Dinara Safina last year.

Safina is one of several major names missing from the women's draw this year.

Both Serena and Venus Williams are absent, leaving US Open and Australian Open winner Kim Clijsters amongst the favourites.

Clijsters, who has been bothered by an ankle injury, faces Anastasia Yakimova of Belarus in her first round while triple major winner Maria Sharapova takes on Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 1999.

Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy begins against Melanie Oudin of the United States.