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Serena Williams Will Play At The 2018 French Open Unseeded

Serena Williams Will Play At The 2018 French Open Unseeded

Given that she's won the French Open twice, part of a career Grand Slam, and won a trio of three-setters this month in Rome, including against Ostapenko.

Sloane Stephens has never enjoyed much success at the French Open but that could soon change when the American baseliner struts into Roland Garros this year for the first time as a grand slam champion. She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, and compiled two wins and two losses.

She is now training with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, at his Nice-based academy where he confidently proclaimed that his ward was capable of adding to her 23 Grand Slam titles, even though she has slipped down the ranking to a lowly 453, which means she would be unseeded at Roland Garros.

Victoria Azarenka was unseeded at last year's Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam since giving birth in late 2016, while Kim Clijsters was in a similar position at the 2009 US Open. The French Open serves off on May 27. "She was my idol since I was growing up". As a result of her absence, Williams has dropped to 453rd, and she was only able to play in Paris because the WTA does have a "Special Ranking Rule" allowing players who were on maternity leave or had lengthy injury recoveries to use their previous rankings to enter up to eight tournaments within a year of their returns.

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The last Grand Slam tournament at which Williams was unseeded was the 2007 Australian Open. Two weeks later, she fell to Japan's Naomi Osaka in the opening round of the Miami Open.

Nadal won't face a challenge from Roger Federer, who is skipping the clay court season, but he will be tested by some of the other top players in the world.

"At Wimbledon, which runs from July 2-15, the All England Club are likely to seed Serena using its unique system that favours grass-court specialists, given she is a seven-time champion".

Much of the fanfare on the women's side of the draw should surround Williams, and rightfully so, but the 23-time Grand Slam victor won't enter Roland Garros as the favorite.

The WTA is considering a rule change to add protected seedings for highly ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year. It's normal to have protected ranking.

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The former world No. 1 could face long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the last 16. That is to say, they could decide to seed Williams anyway.

"I've always had a wonderful relationship with Paris", she admitted.

"You don't have to put her back at No. 1 because she left at No. 1 but try to figure out some sort of happy medium where it's fair for all".

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