Serena's French Open path could lead to Maria Sharapova


The tournament starts Sunday.

Sharapova, champion in 2012 and 2014, could face Serena, against who she lost in the 2013 final at Roland Garros, in the 4th round.

"I think that's the biggest difference, because I'm not getting asked anymore, you know, what it takes to be a Grand Slam champion, why I haven't gotten there yet".

The returning Serena Williams is targeting a fourth French Open, and will be unseeded for what is her first Grand Slam since last year's Australian Open, while two-time champion Maria Sharapova will look to end her four-year wait for major glory.

In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam victor at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. After a gap of two long years, both tennis stars are going to feature in a grand slam together.

For the first time Serena Williams doing comeback in French Open since giving a birth to girl child last September.

Without a seeding, Williams was drawn in the same quarter as Sharapova, who was seeded 28th.

Williams was world number one before leaving the tour previous year to have a baby but the 23-times grand slam champion enters Roland Garros ranked 453rd.

The WTA made the decision after Williams took time off for maternity leave past year.

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Wozniacki finally claimed her first major title this year, and admitted that it has lifted a weight off her shoulders.

The American leads their head-to-head series 19-2.

Nadal, seeking his 11th French Open title, was on hand for the announcement of the draw.

Halep will open against Alison Riske, and Ostapenko will take on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine.

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native is seeded 24th and could play the 10-time champion and overwhelming favourite Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.

The policy has prompted calls for change from Trump and Williams' fellow tennis players alike.

The former world number one, twice a champion at Roland Garros despite an unnatural claycourt game, is seeded 28 after a rocky road back from a doping ban.

Nadal, meanwhile, opens against Alexander Dolgopolov, who he has beaten seven times in nine meetings.

Simona Halep, the world No.1 and title favourite from Romania, was drawn against American Alison Riske in her opening round, followed by a tough possible third round against Kristina Mladenovic of France, a quarter-finalist a year ago.