French Open draw -- Serena Williams could face Maria Sharapova in 4th round

Serena’s French Open path could lead to Maria Sharapova

"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 announced in a statement to The Associated Press.

Williams and Sharapova could meet in the fourth round of the French Open thanks to Thursday's draw, though a matchup between three-time champion Williams and two-time champion Sharapova is far from guaranteed.

Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump, her father, has long positioned herself as an advocate for women's issues, among them maternity leave. The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor will face in the first round Kristyna Pliskova, who is ranked 70th in the world.

Williams returned to the professional circuit in the United States six months after giving birth to her first child.

Some of Williams' biggest rivals - such as Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep - have come out against the rule in defense of Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl in September.

They lost their most recent doubles match, the Fed Cup dead rubber in February, in straight sets. "If you're like finished or you stopped because you're going to have a child and you will be in top eight, I think you should have this kind of thing, to have protected seeding", Svitolina said recently.

Now, more than a year later, she is ranked 453 and French Open organizers have refused to seed her this weekend as she returns for her first major since the complicated birth that almost killed her.

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Halep will open against Alison Riske, and Ostapenko will take on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine. They have not played doubles together at a major since they won Wimbledon two years ago.

Before the start of the tournament on Sunday, though, Wozniacki will be cheering on her beloved Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final, and she's hoping the Premier League side's fearsome attack can see off holders Real Madrid.

"Having enjoyed the success I had over the last couple of weeks helps to be here with a bit more confidence", Nadal said at the draw.

The last Grand Slam tournament at which Williams was unseeded was the 2007 Australian Open.

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.

Former champion Novak Djokovic was drawn in the same half as Thiem and Zverev. He will open against a qualifier.

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