Women play four rounds in the French Open to qualify in the quarter-final, the semifinal and then the final. For women's doubles, there are only three rounds before the quarterfinals.
The women's singles rules are different from that for men, and the event takes place in a best-of-three sets format, being a single-elimination tournament or a knockout. The French Open is also known as Roland-Garros and it takes place every year at the beginning of the summer. The women's single event was first held in 1897 and the first women's doubles event was added to the tournament in 1907. The tournament takes place on a slow-playing surface.