Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena's non-seeding

Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena's non-seeding

Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena's non-seeding

She subsequently came out on the wrong side of a tough three-setter against Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final at the start of 2018 but Halep insists she is in a positive frame of mind as she looks to cement her place at the top of the women's game.

Vote here for who you think will come out victorious at Roland Garros. She is back with her old coach Thomas Hogstedt and she has won grand slams with him before.

Russian Maria Sharapova could run into old nemesis Serena Williams in the fourth round of the French Open but, the American aside, she will fear no one on her first appearance at the claycourt slam for three years.

In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam victor at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days.

But first Williams, 36, will have to overcome the 70th-ranked Czech Krystyna Pliskova, the twin sister of the former US Open finalist Karolina, in the opening round.

Surprisingly, it is Serena's biggest rival (both, on and off the tennis court) Maria Sharapova who voiced her concern on the issue.

The WTA made the decision after Williams took time off for maternity leave previous year.

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Williams has been working hard with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, at his academy near Nice, balancing her training regime with her new family life.

She said not being the defending champion this year will help her adopt a more relaxed approach.

Williams is 19-2 lifetime against Sharapova.

Last year's champion Jelena Ostapenko, double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and 2016 French Open victor Garbine Muguruza are all amongst the list of favorites.

In the men's draw, 10-time champion and overwhelming favorite Rafael Nadal will open against Alexandr Dolgopolov. According to a report by ESPN, it was decided that the former World No. 1 would go into this year's tournament as an unseeded player. Even before the two have a face-off, Sharapova and Serena are the most talked-about female tennis players as per Google Trends!

This will be her first Grand Slam since her victory at the 2017 Australian Open, after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter in September.

"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking, " the French Tennis Federation said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday.

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