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Serena set for French Open bid

sports Updated: May 20, 2010 16:10 IST

Serena Williams rates Paris as her favourite city and that sentiment will be all the stronger should she win a second French Open title, eight years after her first.

On the face of it, the American diva is facing an uphill battle as she has played just two tournaments since winning the Australian Open in January, losing to Jelena Jankovic in Rome and Nadia Petrova in Madrid.

But the signs are there that she is out to re-establish her claycourt credentials with several factors whetting her appetite.

Firstly, the French Open is the only one of the four majors that she has not won more than once and a triumph on June 5 would give her a 13th major title, taking her one past her childhood idol Billie Jean King.

It would also leave her halfway to achieving the fabled calendar year Grand Slam, last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1988, with her two favourite events - Wimbledon and the US Open to come.