Serena Williams to be unseeded at French Open

Serena Williams' French Open ranking sparks mother of all tennis controversies

The Russian missed last year's event after the two-time French Open champion was refused a wild card as she battled to rebuild her career following a 15-month doping ban.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) - the governing body of the women's tour - is considering a rule change which will add protected seedings, as well as protected rankings, for players returning from maternity leave but that won't come into effect until at least next year.

The former world number one has been snubbed of a seeding by French Open organisers, who chose to make their seedings based on WTA rankings.

A No. 453 ranking means no seed.

Now, thanks to the characteristic cussedness that has served her well since her tennis odyssey began in Russian Federation before being honed in Florida, the 31-year-old Sharapova is back in the top 30 and guaranteed a seeded place when the 2018 French Open starts on Sunday.

"Women after giving birth are often/usually stronger, psychologically as well as physically, than before", she said. So the people will decide what seed she will get.

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Serena had a tough time giving birth.

Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a backhand return to Germany's Angelique Kerber during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

"I would like to see that change".

"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 ..."

"Tennis is definitely a roller coaster", Stephens said.

Williams, 36, lost to her sister Venus Williams in the last 32 of Indian Wells in March before being dumped by Naomi Osaka in Miami.

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The rising star has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, but he will be the second seed in Paris after winning his second Masters title on clay in Madrid, where he beat Nadal's conqueror Dominic Thiem in the final. Williams "was not ready yet but needed to feel the competition, so she chose to play even though she was far from being at 100 percent", said Patrick Mouratoglou.

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While Williams was eligible to enter Roland Garros under the WTA's protected or "special" ranking rule, it was down to the organisers of the tournament to give her a seed, something they ultimately neglected to do.

"Historically, WTA players have not been supportive of the use of special rankings for seeding purposes", the WTA said in its statement.

"I do expect that this rule will be reviewed further as part of our 2019 rules process".

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