Garbine Muguruza opts for relaxed approach at French Open

Williams stepped away from the sport to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September

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.

"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking".

Without a seeding, Williams was placed in the same quarter of the draw as Sharapova, who is unseeded too.

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"Tennis is such a selfish sport but I think when there's a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there's something that's so much more important", said Sharapova, who has lost three Grand Slam finals to Williams.

"We talk a lot, obviously".

Serena's long-time rival Maria Sharapova and US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka have been among those to call for the rule to be changed, but world number eight Kvitova doesn't agree. If she beats Kuznetsova, she could meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation in the third round, then could be up against American CoCo Vandeweghe, who recently made it to the final in Stuttgart.

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There were four different winners at the grand slams in the women's game in 2017, while Caroline Wozniacki backed up her win at the WTA Finals with a major breakthrough at the Australian Open at the start of this year.

"I know from my perspective that when I came back I didn't really feel like a player who is top 20".

"Every body reacts differently", she said, of the physical demands.

Two-time Sharapova makes her return to Roland Garros having been refused a wild card a year ago following her doping suspension.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic has kicked off his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia.

Top-ranked Simona Halep will open against Alison Riske, and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko will take on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine.

A year after losing in the opening round of qualifying in Paris, he is the second-youngest man in the French Open field.

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