French Open draw: Serena, Sharapova could meet in Round of 16

Posted May 29, 2018

Williams will play her first Grand Slam for more than 15 months at the French Open after having her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

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.

Paris - World No 1 Simona Halep said on Friday that she thinks Serena Williams is still capable of challenging for titles, as the American prepares to make her Grand Slam return at the French Open. The seedings and draw were announced on Thursday, and it is women's singles that have caught everyone's attention. But she is now ready to slam her way back, despite her unseeded ranking at the French Open.

While it was debated whether Williams should be given preferential treatment due to her circumstances, it was finally ruled that she would be kept in her position and that the seedings would reflect the latest WTA rankings. This move has not gone down too well with fellow female tennis players on WTA tour.

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The draw released on Friday puts the unseeded Williams and 28th-seeded rival Sharapova on a collision course, provided they can each get by one of the Pliskova sisters.

"She has a shot for sure", said Evert. "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally".

"I see her getting better and better because she wants it and she is willing to work hard for it and it's still the most important thing in her life. I think that would be nice".

Maria Sharapova vs Serena Williams R16 Clash on the Cards? Williams had her first child in September. The 31-year-old is seeded 28th and is in fact in the same quarter as that of Serena.

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Romanian Halep will be looking to end her wait for a first Grand Slam title after three previous final defeats, including past year at Roland Garros by Jelena Ostapenko and in February's Australian Open against Caroline Wozniacki.

The two-time champions are one of six pairs to be given a wild card at Roland Garros this year. We saw with the WTA past year and all the four grand slams and the season-ending championships were won by different players.

We come back to the two names who light up the women's tennis with their charismatic presence.

Paris: Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki says that Serena Williams' comeback will force the current top-ranked players to raise their games at the French Open.

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