Serena Williams could face Maria Sharapova at French Open

Doug Mendoza
May 26, 2018

A communications official with the French Tennis Federation said that the French Open had never adjusted its seedings to divert from the rankings.

Returning to the French Open for the first time since giving birth to a baby girl last September, Williams is now ranked No. 453 in the WTA rankings, making her road to a fourth French Open championship hard.

World number one Simona Halep starts her bid for a first Slam title against Alison Riske of the United States, while second seed Caroline Wozniacki - who lifted her first major by beating the Romanian in the Australian Open final - also faces an American in Danielle Collins.

Williams, quite simply, is being penalized for having a baby. Trump said. "The #WTA should change this rule immediately". "Oh yeah, if I wasn't wanting to play tennis", she told the New York Times, "I definitely would have talked Alexis into having a baby already".

Canada's Denis Shapovalov will have to do what many have failed to do at the French Open if he hopes to win his first Grand Slam.

Trump said the Women's Tennis Association needs to change its rule'immediately
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"It's normal to give birth".

Williams resumes her comeback after maternity leave following two consecutive losses in March. The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor will face in the first round Kristyna Pliskova, who is ranked 70th in the world. It's normal to have protected ranking.

The ruling means that Williams, who was ranked by the World Tennis Association (WTA) as No. 1 previous year but has dropped to No. 453 due to her absence, risked being pitted against top-ranked players early in the competition. 'So the people will decide what seed she will get.

Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or "special" ranking to be utilized for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player's absence.

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