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Finishing up today, Women’s Singles Qualifying at the 2018 French Open will determine which 12 players will advance into the main draw of the tourney.
While we don’t know exactly who will advance at this point, we do though that the qualifiers will eventually have to face off against one of the 32 seeded players who already in the main draw.
That awaiting field of 32 includes names you probably know like Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams and some you probably don’t.
In case you find yourself in a setting where the matches from the world’s premier clay court tennis championship are being shown on TV, we’ve done a little research on some of the lesser-known top seeds that could prove useful – and collected their Instagram accounts.
Ball’s in your court, champ.
Seed: No. 3
Born in Venezuela, Garbiñe started playing tennis when she was three against her two brothers. Known for being aggressive and having a killer serve, Garbiñe has beaten both Wozniacki and Serena Williams. In her spare time, the bilingual pro enjoys cooking, reading and listening to music.
Seed: No. 10
Her deal: The daughter of an All-American swimmer and NFL running back, Sloane was born in Florida and took up tennis at age three. A member of the 2016 Olympic team, Sloane spent time as a broadcaster for the Tennis Channel while recovering from an injury. Known for a heavy forehand and willingness to finish points at the net, Sloane made it into the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Seed: No. 19
Her deal: An athlete who loves all sports, Magdaléna began playing tennis at eight and moved to Bratislava to train at the national tennis center at age 15. A fan of Richard Gere, Tom Cruise and Roger Federer, Magdaléna’s favorite food is sushi and her favorite drink is iced tea. A powerful server, Magdaléna’s favorite surfaces are grass and hardcourts.
Seed: No. 29
Her deal: From an athletic family that includes a pro volleyball player, handball player and soccer player, Kristina picked up a tennis racket for the first time at eight. Fluent in French, English, Serbian, Italian and Spanish, Kristina can speak a bit of Russian as well. A former ITF world junior No. 1, Kristina partnered with Daniel Nestor to win the 2013 Wimbledon mixed-doubles title.