Ivanka Trump slams Serena seeding snub at French Open

Halep 'stronger mentally' as she seeks first grand slam title

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For a second year running, the women's field at the French Open remains wide open.

A possible fourth round meeting between two of the biggest stars of the women's game, both former world No. s who have won a combined five Roland-Garros titles between them, would surely be one of the most anticipated matches of the entire championships. We saw with the WTA previous year and all the four grand slams and the season-ending championships were won by different players.

The Women's Tennis Association has been generating controversy following news that Serena Williams will be unseeded at the French Open following her maternity leave - and now Ivanka Trump has stepped in to criticize it.

In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam victor at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days.

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Former world number one Kim Clijsters believes Serena Williams will get back to the top, but warned it may take time for her to regain full strength after childbirth.

Even though long-time rival Maria Sharapova said she was in favour of a special seeding for Serena Williams at the French Open, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said that the tournament was right to not award Serena the same. Williams, the 2002, 2013 and 2015 champion at Roland Garros, will face Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the French Open. After ending the U.S. hard court swing in March with a mediocre run of 2-2, Williams shunned the clay to work on her fitness.

Wozniacki finally claimed her first major title this year, and admitted that it has lifted a weight off her shoulders. The Spaniard leads 5-1 in their head-to-head.

"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.

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World No 1 Halep will be out for revenge in search of her first Grand Slam title after the Latvian's reign as champion came crashing to a halt in the first round.

The bottom half features Danish No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Djokovic, the 2016 champion who is down at 22 in the rankings after struggling to recover from an elbow injury, starts against a qualifier and could meet fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

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

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