Ivanka Trump defends Serena Williams, slams women's tennis for 'ridiculous' maternity rule

Is it finally Simona Halep's time at Roland Garros or will the old guard upstage her

Sharapova, meanwhile, is set for a testing battle against sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in round three with the victor set to meet Serena Williams in the last-16.

The 36-year-old tennis player, formerly ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association when she left to give birth to her daughter Alexis in 2017, is now at No. 453 in the ranking because of her 14-month hiatus.

Even Agatha Christie would have struggled to hatch a plot as thick as this year's French Open women's singles with world number one Simona Halep attempting to finally win a grand slam with danger lurking everywhere. According to Ivanka trump, it is impossible to punish someone professionally for the birth of the child.

The WTA is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

"I see her moving better and the intensity is back".

British number two Watson has reached the second round on five occasions - without progressing any further - and comes into the tournament having ended a dismal run of eight straight defeats with a win in Lyon this week. Secondly, she's been drawn in top seed Halep's first quarter.

Without being seeded, Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor who has won the French Open three times, could face highly-ranked opponents in the early rounds of the tournament.

The decision announced by French Open organisers that they would stick to current WTA rankings has not gone down well with many observers.

The defending Rome champion Elina Svitolina has reached the quarter-final in Paris past year, 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.

The defending champion, who opens against 54th-ranked Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, is on the opposite half of the draw from numerous players considered most likely to challenge him. I'm stronger mentally. I think I have worked a lot and improved.

Russia's Maria Sharapova gets seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance over two years ago.

Williams is a three-time French Open champion.

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