Ivanka Trump shows support for fellow mom Serena Williams

Ivanka Trump shows support for fellow mom Serena Williams

Serena Williams' return to Grand Slam tennis will see her play Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the French Open 2018.

Trump was responding to an ESPN report that Williams, who was ranked No. 1 when she left to give birth to her daughter in September, will not be given a seed at Roland Garros ahead of this year's tournament.

Without a seeding, the 23-time Grand Slam champion risks facing highly ranked players in the early rounds.

Williams' extended absence from the WTA Tour means she heads to Roland Garros, where she is a three-time champion, unseeded and meets world number 70 Pliskova first up.

"I think it's always great to have the best players play, and it raises your level", said the Dane.

With only four matches under her belt in the past 16 months - and no clay court match practice whatsoever - Serena Williams will be vulnerable early on.

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"Certainly when I was playing you nearly didn't allow yourself to think about having children while you were playing, because there wasn't the assistance available", she said.

World number one Simona Halep starts her bid for a first Slam title against Alison Riske of the United States, while second seed Caroline Wozniacki - who lifted her first major by beating the Romanian in the Australian Open final - also faces an American in Danielle Collins.

She took to Twitter Thursday to express her discontent with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), demanding the organization to change its rules regarding maternity leave.

The news comes after Williams told Vogue she suffered various health complications, including a pulmonary embolism, shortly after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

The French Open draw will be made on Thursday, with the tournament starting on Sunday. It's normal to have protected ranking. They are trying to put her on the so-called mommy track, which sadly is an all-too-common occurrence in all workplaces, not just sports. Serena, who was ranked No. 1 before giving birth in 2017, is now ranked at No. 453.

Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or "special" ranking to be utilized for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player's absence. "She was my idol since I was growing up".

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