Petra Kvitova not in favour of Serena Williams seeding

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United States first daughter Ivanka Trump waded into the debate over Serena Williams's lack of a seeding at the French Open, tweeting that the women's tour needed to change its rules for players that take maternity leave.

Play has resumed at the French Open after a suspension due to rain of about an hour.

The three-times French Open champion was not granted a seed by tournament organizers, triggering criticism from women's groups and tennis pundits.

Williams will play Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the first round in Paris and could face her old foe, Maria Sharapova, in the last 16.

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"If that happens, it will be the best match for quarterfinals", Muguruza said.

In Rome last week, Sharapova spoke up in support of her long-time rival.

"That's the thing: I don't know what to expect because she didn't play that many matches", Pliskova said of Williams.

But the elegant and powerful Muguruza is not anxious.

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The world No 6 booked her place in the second round with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Barbora Krejcikova earlier today, and admitted the sisters regularly share tactical advice and that Kristyna's clash with Williams would be no different. But I feel like I always had a chance, and they kind of slip away, all the matches somehow, so even if it's a little bit disappointing, I feel like I was there and I had my chances.

After beating Williams in the 2016 final, Muguruza's title defense was ended in the fourth round past year by local favorite Kristina Mladenovic of France in front of a partisan crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Defending champion Ostapenko returns as the fifth seed. Proof to that, she was unaware of her first-round opponent until a reporter asked her a question about what it felt to be up against former French Open victor Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round. "It's more relaxing, I guess". Interviewed by Reuters, the 18-time Grand Slam victor, who will work as a commentator for ESPN in Paris, said Sharapova 'has a shot" at the title. "I see her moving better and the intensity is back.

The French Open draw will be made on Thursday, with the tournament starting on Sunday.

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