Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena Williams' non-seeding

Ivanka Trump takes shot at WTA over Serena Williams' non-seeding”

Former world number one Williams has only played four tour matches since returning to the sport, dropping to 453rd in the rankings as a result.

Three-time champion Serena Williams will play Czech Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the French Open.

'No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child!

Williams is a three-time French Open champion.

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

This will be Williams' first Grand Slam event since giving birth to her daughter in September.

She returned to the World Tennis Association tour in March after giving birth to her daughter, and has won twice and lost twice. "This is something that is a widespread problem that women across the economic spectrum face".

"The benefit of being seeded is that she won't play another seed until probably the fourth round".

Top seed and two-time runner-up Simona Halep faces Alison Riske of the United States in her opener while second seed and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki starts against another American, Danielle Collins.

Putting extra pressure on an athlete to prove herself after pregnancy is discriminatory, and the notion that motherhood and an athletic career do not mix is just plain wrong.

Other teams to watch include Barty/Vandeweghe, Ostapenko/Vesnina and Azarenka/Sabalenka.

However, this will be her first appearance at a major since winning last year's Australian Open.

"There is a lot of attacking going on and a lot of goalscoring". "For me, in NY, they really worked with me and did a good job".

Ellis said while things were different when she was playing netball, things have changed significantly and she was stunned other codes had not followed netball's lead. It shouldn't be a penalty to have a baby.

'It's wrong, they should protect players', Evert told Reuters. The earliest the rule change could take effect is next year.

Several of Williams' biggest rivals believe she deserves a seeding.

Williams has always been a trailblazer, and in motherhood she has been no different.

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