Monica Seles: French Open victor a toss-up

Monica Seles: French Open victor a toss-up

Serena has since crashed to 453 in the world as a result, although she was able to use her protected ranking to enter the French Open.

Williams will play Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the first round in Paris and could face her old foe, Maria Sharapova, in the last 16.

"This conversation was not on the table past year when I was coming back and I was not seeded in Wimbledon", the Belarusian said after her first-round loss to Katerina Siniakova on Monday.

Williams, a three-time French Open champion, is playing in her first major since giving birth to her daughter in September.

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Even Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the United States president, waded into the debate over the non-seeding of Williams at the French Open, branding the decision by tournament organizers "ridiculous".

Clijsters, who is working as an expert summariser for Eurosport and Eurosport Player, who will be broadcasting Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10, retired from tennis in 2007. And this year they are going to be seeding Serena.

"We talk a lot, obviously". Interviewed by Reuters, the 18-time Grand Slam victor, who will work as a commentator for ESPN in Paris, said Sharapova 'has a shot" at the title. "I see her moving better and the intensity is back.

But who will come out victorious? "Even though we don't see everyday chatter, because she stays in different hotel, and so having a different plan totally than me", Karolina said. So, every time it was the French Open, I was looking forward to that season.

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In Rome last week, Sharapova spoke up in support of her long-time rival.

Sharapova was to have started on Monday against Dutch player Richel Hogenkamp but rain caused her match also to be postponed.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic has kicked off his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia.

Jelena Ostapenko proved a surprise victor in Paris previous year, upsetting now world number one Simona Halep - who remains favourite with the bookmakers to end her own wait for a major title this time around.

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

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