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Serena Williams could face Maria Sharapova in the fourth round of the French Open on her return to Grand Slam tennis from maternity leave.

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

Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to winning ways at the French Open after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion.

There has been controversy surrounding the decision by French Open organisers not to give her a seeding, with Wimbledon likely to do just that for their tournament in July based on her grass-court pedigree.

Ostapenko stunned the world of tennis previous year when she became the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933, with victory over Simona Halep coming on the Latvian's 20th birthday.

Serena Williams makes her comeback to Grand Slam tennis following the birth of her daughter in September.

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


"I admire both Serena and Venus because they have a perseverance that is incredible".

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

Kristyna Pliskova - often called "KrisPlis" by tennis fans since her last name more often references sixth-ranked Karolina - said she would ask her sister for tips. So, every time it was the French Open, I was looking forward to that season.

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

Jelena Ostapenko proved a surprise victor in Paris a year ago, upsetting now world number one Simona Halep - who remains favourite with the bookmakers to end her own wait for a major title this time around.

The Romanian, runner-up in Paris in 2014 and 2017, has lost three major finals in total after her defeat by Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open earlier this year.

She said not being the defending champion this year will help her adopt a more relaxed approach.

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