Serena William Returning To Paris, Could Face Sharapova In 4th Round

Kristopher Nichols
May 27, 2018

Williams, who has been vocal about the life-threatening health complications she encountered after giving birth, has not yet publicly addressed Trump's support.

Shapovalov will open against the 58th seed John Millman while Nadal takes on Alexandr Dolgopolov in his first-round match.

Doubles specialists Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina, both from Russian Federation, will split this time, as Vesnina will partner with last edition's singles champion Jelena Ostapenko, while Makarova will play with compatriot Anna Kalinskaya.

The tournament starts on Sunday.

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Former world number one Kim Clijsters believes Serena Williams will get back to the top, but warned it may take time for her to regain full strength after childbirth.

The Danish who had never reached the semi-finals of the French Open claims the Roland Garros three-time Champion, Serena will be a threat to her rivals.

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However, there is no protected seeding policy in place on the WTA Tour. I think Serena Williams is Serena.

As a result the 23-time major winner's ranking has crashed to 453 in the world and she needed to use her proctected ranking to enter the draw at Roland Garros.

The British number one has beaten Putintseva in both of their meetings - and both came on clay. She is simply not supposed to win this tournament. We saw with the WTA previous year and all the four grand slams and the season-ending championships were won by different players.

She has not played a competitive match since March so victory for the 36-year-old American would surely crown anything she has achieved so far in her incredible career. It's a great thing that she's here, that she's still here in the world of tennis.

The seventh-seeded Thiem, who ended Nadal's streaks on clay of 21 wins and 50 sets won, will face a qualifier in the first round.

The defending Rome champion Elina Svitolina has reached the quarter-final in Paris a year ago, 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. Even before the two have a face-off, Sharapova and Serena are the most talked-about female tennis players as per Google Trends! "I would like to see that [rule] change, " she said at the Italian Open last week.

Former champion Novak Djokovic was drawn in the same half as Thiem and Zverev. He hurled abuse at a British player, an umpire and journalists.

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