Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open last-16 duel

Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open last-16 duel

The French Open will mark Serena's first major tournament in more than a year.

"It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally".

Ellis now has two children - but she has spoken openly about her own fertility difficulties.

Russian star Maria Sharapova continues to rebuild her career after a doping ban as former world number one Serena Williams plays her first Grand Slam since giving birth.

The WTA told The Associated Press earlier this week that it is considering a rule change that would add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave.

"I think it's always great to have the best players play, and it raises your level", said the Dane. Currently, it is up to individual tournaments to decide where to seed them.

Williams has recounted the difficulties she faced in childbirth, and a pulmonary embolism made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her daughter was born.

But the decision of whether to give that player a seed remains up to tournament organisers.

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

"The rule is now under further review as part of our 2019 rules process", the WTA statement said.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion was picked out in Grigor Dimitrov's quarter of the draw and could face the Bulgarian fourth seed in the last 16.

"So I think there's a number of different areas like child care, like some type of financial payment if they are out of the game for a period of time and the protection in regards to that".

Serena Williams' return to Grand Slam tennis will see her play Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the French Open 2018. "She was No. 1, so she deserves seeding". "She was my idol since I was growing up". She has a line of apparel and accessories that says it's "committed to helping women create the lives they want to lead", although some critics have claimed that Trump hasn't done enough to push the president toward policies that many women support.

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