Serena aside, Sharapova will fear no one at French - Evert

Halep 'stronger mentally' as she seeks first grand slam title

Halep 'stronger mentally' as she seeks first grand slam title

President Donald Trump's daughter is not the only one standing up for Williams, who gave birth to her and husband Alexis Ohanian's daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September.

The former world number one, twice a champion at Roland Garros despite an unnatural claycourt game, is seeded 28 after a rocky road back from a doping ban.

The former world No. 1 could face long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the last 16.

Four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams enters play in the French Open as an unseeded player in the women's singles tournament.

The tournament starts Sunday.

However, this will be her first appearance at a major since winning last year's Australian Open.

Williams, the 2002, 2013 and 2015 champion at Roland Garros, will face Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the French Open.

The defending Rome champion Elina Svitolina has reached the quarter-final in Paris previous year, losing to Simona Halep and in order to conquer the WTA throne for the first time after Paris she has to lift the trophy and to see Wozniacki losing before the semi-final and Halep before the final.

"Wimbledon have pretty much demonstrated that over the years, and the French Open have chosen not to exercise their ability to give Serena a seeding".

On media day Friday at the French Open, Caroline Wozniacki was asked for her thoughts on the growing trend of mothers playing on the WTA Tour. I think it's always great to have the best players play, and it raises your level.

Svitolina stormed to the Italian Open title, which she also won in 2017, and has generally played some impressive stuff. This features the out of touch defending champion, Jelena Ostapenko, the fitness doubts Victoria Azarenka and Madison Keys, as well as Johanna Konta, Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka who all do their best work away from clay.

"Sharapova, who made a comeback of her own past year after returning from a 15-month suspension for a positive drug test, said she believes Williams, the former No. 1, deserves a seeding".

While she was No. 1 when she left the tour to give birth, Williams is now ranked No. 453. In Rome, I played too many cross-court shots and playing with patience against Halep is not ideal.

"I think it's more of a protection for women to have a life,".

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