Serena Williams Will Play At The 2018 French Open Unseeded

Tyler Owen
May 26, 2018

If there's a player who shouldn't be afraid of Serena Williams' return to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open, it's certainly Garbine Muguruza.

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The American is expected to play at next week's Roland Garros, where she has won the title thrice, but without being seeded she could meet reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round.

Several of Williams's fiercest competitors seem to agree that the 23-time Grand Slam champion should be seeded.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that its seedings would be based on the latest WTA rankings.

Paris: As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what - whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practising at Roland Garros.

Evert, who won the French Open seven times, believes the same should apply at Roland Garros and the protected ranking rule, which allows athletes returning from long absences to gain entry into tournaments using the ranking they had when they stopped playing, should extend to seedings. "But in my opinion it's good to protect the ranking when someone is giving birth".

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"It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally", Sharapova said, adding: "There's just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day". She could play Halep in the first round. If you are forced out for a specific reason, whether it be maternity or injury, you need to be protected.

Before thrashing Thiem 6-0, 6-2 in Monte Carlo last month, Nadal said the Austrian was "probably one of the three best clay-court players on tour", but the last fortnight has shown that Zverev is potentially even more risky.

The pressure of retaining her crown could weigh heavily, and she has yet to win a title this year, while two-time finalist Halep will be eager to make amends for last year's surprise defeat.

Williams has played in tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami since taking maternity leave.

The rising star has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, but he will be the second seed in Paris after winning his second Masters title on clay in Madrid, where he beat Nadal's conqueror Dominic Thiem in the final. "So the people will decide what seed she will get". " ... The time she lost after the delivery, with all the medical issues she had to go through, was missing". She also was the first unseeded women's champion at this tournament since 1933.

French Open organisers announced on Monday they will not give Williams a seeding.

"Proud to participate to keep the sport clean", she said.

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