Eurosport expert Barbara Schett believes it is between Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina for the women's singles title at the French Open.
The French Open gets underway on May 28 with the battle for the women's singles title set to be one of the most tightly contested in recent memory.
Defending champion and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is considered the favourite to win the Grand Slam for the third time in her career.
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However, she faces tough competition from world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, who overcame Swiatek and Rybakina to win the Australian Open in January.
Sabalenka also beat Swiatek in the final of the Madrid Open in the one WTA 1000 title she has won this year.
Defending Wimbledon champion Rybakina heads to Roland-Garros with two WTA 1000 titles under her belt this season. She won Indian Wells, beating Swiatek and Sabalenka along the way, as well as winning the Italian Open title.
Schett sees it as being a battle between the trio for the second Grand Slam of the year.
"It's between Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina," she told members of the media ahead of the French Open, which will be live on Eurosport and discovery+.
"Swiatek is playing some solid tennis, even though she recently lost against Sabalenka in Madrid, but the conditions there are much faster.
"The conditions in Paris should favour Swiatek, she feels comfortable there and is proving she is definitely playing at a high level of tennis. How she defends that No. 1 spot as well because she must be under enormous pressure.
"I think it’s good for Iga to have these two players [Sabalenka and Rybakina] that can challenge her and make her stay at the No. 1 spot.
"Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and Novak [Djokovic] fuelled each other to become better players, and hopefully, we can see that on the women’s side.
"We have three completely different players and personalities. Swiatek is extremely solid and has handled this pressure of being world No. 1 so well, she always bounces back and seems so strong mentally.
"She is going strong in Rome and is an all-rounder, she can play on every surface. Grass maybe a little bit better but on clay, I think the conditions suit her really well.
"It won’t be as fast as Madrid where she lost to Sabalenka. I think her mindset is right and she believes in herself. She is the favourite going into the French Open, for sure.
"Swiatek had a phenomenal year last year and no one has really challenged her until now.
"She is the most complete and consistent player and has worked a lot on the mental part, which is almost 80% of what you need. She seems motivated and wants to be up there for a long time."

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Tim Henman also believes the competition for the women's singles title is fierce, but he believes that Swiatek is the "favourite".
"I love her game," he said. "She works so hard in every area. Athletically she is improving all the time and she is spending a lot of time and effort improving mentally.
"She has a great team, and she is playing great. On clay, she hits the ball very hard but still has margin for error and I definitely think she is the favourite.
"Swiatek is number one by a margin, but then you have Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff who is still developing all the time. Elena Rybakina made the final, Aryna Sabalenka can play great on clay. It’s harder to predict in the women’s game and a lot of players can win Roland-Garros.
"Coco Gauff made the final last year, is very athletic on clay and can do well again this year. Ons Jabeur has great variation and is great to watch. Maria Sakkari is great to watch too and can do some damage."
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