An Unseeded Serena Williams Looms in the French Open Draw

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Trump was responding to an ESPN report that Williams, who was ranked No. 1 when she left to give birth to her daughter in September, will not be given a seed at Roland Garros ahead of this year's tournament.

The clay-court tournament - the second Grand Slam of the year - starts in Paris on Sunday.

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.

Ivanka Trump waded into the debate over the non-seeding of Serena Williams at the French Open on Thursday, branding the decision by tournament organizers "ridiculous". 'So, yeah, I definitely think that would be a nice change'.

Serena Williams recently returned to tennis following maternity leave.

'No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child!

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Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena Williams’ non-seeding at French Open

The WTA is reportedly already considering changing the rules to protect the seeding of highly ranked players who take time off for maternity leave.

Norrie, 22, has climbed to the verge of the top 100 to earn his place in the Roland Garros draw for the first time and is rewarded with a match against Gojowczyk.

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

"It's normal to give birth". Serena, who was ranked No. 1 before giving birth in 2017, is now ranked at No. 453. But they announced Monday that they would follow convention and give players seeds based on WTA rankings. The American player is now outside top 400 and will enter the main draw without being included in the seeding. Without a seeding, Williams was placed in the same quarter of the draw as Sharapova, who is unseeded too. 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.

"I would like to see that [rule] change", Sharapova said at the Italian Open last week, adding.

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