Ivanka Trump backs Serena Williams, slams French Open for lack of seeding

Arnold Nichols
May 27, 2018

According to People, "Williams, 36, was ranked No. 1 when she left the pro tour past year to give birth to now-8-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia".

Maria Sharapova's defense of Serena Williams, in anticipation of the French Open announcing on Monday it would not grant Williams a seeding, has new meaning now that the tournament draw is out. According to Ivanka trump, it is impossible to punish someone professionally for the birth of the child.

Ivanka trump urged the WTA to change the rules for assigning the seeded numbers.

"I always loved playing the French Open because I grew up playing on clay", Seles, speaking courtesy of the Laureus World Sports Awards, told Omnisport.

She was ineligible two years ago and last year French Open organisers declined to offer her a wildcard following her return to the Tour.

Before the start of the tournament on Sunday, though, Wozniacki will be cheering on her beloved Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final, and she's hoping the Premier League side's fearsome attack can see off holders Real Madrid. The problem for her is two-fold - firstly, she faces the capable Aryna Sabalenka in her opener, and Angelique Kerber looms in round three, although the German isn't as strong on clay as on other surfaces.


While it was debated whether Williams should be given preferential treatment due to her circumstances, it was finally ruled that she would be kept in her position and that the seedings would reflect the latest WTA rankings.

The circumstances of that match were unusual, with it being Serena's first match back from maternity leave. Before her pregnancy, she was ranked No. 1 in WTA ranking.

"I think this year really is a toss-up".

Nicole Pratt, a former Australian pro tennis player and now head of Women's Tennis, said seeding was a "bit of protection" for players to save them from facing off against a high seeded player early in the draw.

Last year's champion Jelena Ostapenko, double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and 2016 French Open victor Garbine Muguruza are all amongst the list of favourites. He is in second-seeded Alexander Zverev's quarter and can't meet Nadal before the final.

Williams, a three-time Roland Garros champion, was drawn against Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the French Open at Thursday's draw.

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