Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Three-time champion Serena Williams to face Kristyna Pliskova in first round

Three-time champion Serena Williams to face Kristyna Pliskova in first round

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.

Even Agatha Christie would have struggled to hatch a plot as thick as this year's French Open women's singles with world number one Simona Halep attempting to finally win a grand slam with danger lurking everywhere. "No person should ever be penalised professionally for having a child!"

Ivanka trump urged the WTA to change the rules for assigning the seeded numbers.

She took to Twitter Thursday to express her discontent with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), demanding the organization to change its rules regarding maternity leave.

"And, really, I think going into the French you probably have about 15 or so players that if they have a good two weeks, a good draw, then anybody can really win it".

Despite being in the opposite half of the draw to three-time champion Williams, Wozniacki knows that Serena's presence as an unseeded player will put pressure on her rivals. The problem for her is two-fold - firstly, she faces the capable Aryna Sabalenka in her opener, and Angelique Kerber looms in round three, although the German isn't as strong on clay as on other surfaces.

"We remain committed to evolving with the needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from maternity leave to the tour".

WTA rules follow that players who take a break to have a baby are still guaranteed entry to tournaments, but not their current seeding. Serena, who was ranked No. 1 before giving birth in 2017, is now ranked at No. 453. In Rome, I played too many cross-court shots and playing with patience against Halep is not ideal.

Reaching the final in 2017, where she lost to Jelena Ostapenko, means Halep has a lot of ranking points to defend over the next fortnight, and she concedes that is another issue she must contend with.

On the men's side, top-seeded Rafael Nadal, a 10-time champion at Roland Garros, is an overwhelming favorite and got help from the draw anyway.

Belgium's David Goffin or Australia's Nick Kyrgios could lie beyond that for the Serb, while second seed Alexander Zverev is a potential semi-final opponent.

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