French Open draw: Barty could face an early test against Serena

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Other top tennis players have supported Serena Williams by saying that the former No. 1 player, who was unseeded at the French Open and at two previous tournaments this year after her maternity leave, should have received greater consideration from tennis officials.

Williams, a three-time French Open champion, is now ranked No. 453 in the world, meaning she could be up against other top-ranked players in the early rounds in Paris. Williams was world number one before leaving the tour past year to have a baby but the 23-times grand slam champion enters Roland Garros ranked 453rd.

"Historically, WTA players have not been supportive of the use of special rankings for seeding purposes", the WTA said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Wiliams ranked No. 1 when she went on maternity leave, and her return to the court will mark her first major since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Pliskova, the twin sister of world number six Karolina, has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros.

Top seed and two-time runner-up Simona Halep faces Alison Riske of the United States in her opener while second seed and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki starts against another American, Danielle Collins.

Stosur won just one match in her first four visits to Roland Garros before finding her feet on clay with a breakout semi-final run in 2009. While all Grand Slam tournaments have the discretion to adjust their seedings, only Wimbledon ever does so, to account for players who excel or struggle on its grass surface. "I mean if you are forced out of the game for a specific reason, whether it be maternity or injury, you need to be protected", Evert told Reuters.

"The benefit of being seeded is that she won't play another seed until probably the fourth round". "The rule is now under further review as part of our 2019 rules process".

"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. Serena, who was ranked No. 1 before giving birth in 2017, is now ranked at No. 453.

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