Djokovic and Williams will reign in Paris
2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli backs Djokovic and Williams for glory
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will have to play four matches each back-to-back from now till Sunday if they are to win the French Open. Will fatigue derail them?
BARTOLI: Not really, as the players are so used to playing week in and week out. I'm not worried at all, they have done this so many times already, especially Djokovic. It won't pose any trouble for him.
When you arrive in the later stages, the adrenalin and excitement are so high that you don't feel the tiredness. You feel it only after (the tournament), when the pressure is down.
What do you think of Serena's performance so far?
I think she has been extremely impressive, although she struggled against Yulia Putintseva yesterday.
The way she played against Elina Svitolina (on Wednesday) was one of the best I have seen Serena play for a long time. Everything was just working perfectly... and she is my favourite to win the (French Open).
I think she will definitely get it (her 22nd Grand Slam), maybe in Paris, or maybe at Wimbledon.
Are there players who can challenge her this season?
Definitely. She lost to Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final, so that's one (serious challenger).
I don't know what is going to happen to Maria Sharapova, but she is always a strong contender when she plays.
But, right now, I think (Victoria) Azarenka will be the strongest challenger for Serena, especially on hard courts and going into the US Open.
Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska complained about playing conditions at Roland Garros. What are your thoughts on that?
I cannot say whether they are right or wrong. I thought the conditions (in which they played) were playable. It was tricky, it was difficult, but... a tennis champion has to be able to play under tough conditions.
But, I can empathise with them when they said they could have gotten injured; I completely agree.
It is a fine line for tournament organisers, who also have to take into consideration television broadcasts and the spectators who are in the stands, as well as to take care of the players.
It is a very tricky to please everybody and, as far as I'm concerned, they (organisers) are doing a great job.
How difficult is it to cope with so many weather disruptions?
It is tough, but we are all very experienced and we have to be up for it.
At Wimbledon in 2007, where I reached the final, my (fourth-round) match against Jelena Jankovic was interrupted nine times, and we thought the match would never end.
It eventually ended at 7pm and I still had to play a doubles match after that, as well as the next morning.
Not all the Grand Slams are played under tough conditions, you have perfect ones, too, but you will have some place where you have to deal with the elements and that's what defines a champion.
LIM SAY HENG was speaking to Marion Bartoli in a conference call yesterday. Bartoli (inset), the 2013 Wimbledon winner, is FOX Sports' onsite presenter for the network's coverage of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2016.