Omni Sports: Give Serena Williams time to find top form, says Clijsters


Other top tennis players have supported Serena Williams by saying that the former No. 1 player, who was unseeded at the French Open and at two previous tournaments this year after her maternity leave, should have received greater consideration from tennis officials.

So. what does it mean to have Serena back in the draw? The Romanian lost in last year's final in Paris, at the time her second title-deciding defeat after also coming close at Roland Garros three years earlier. Even before the two have a face-off, Sharapova and Serena are the most talked-about female tennis players as per Google Trends! "I think that would be nice". But, at the French Open, her chances are much lower and for no better reason than she hasn't really played any matches.

"At the end I just got frustrated".

This year, the third-ranked Muguruza and Williams could meet in the quarterfinals.

"You still have to think about the fact that your body will change as you have children", she said.
I had wanted to play her for such a long time. "So it's always a tough opponent". While Kvitova isn't renowned for her clay prowess, in what is a field without a dominant player, she can be backed at a generous price.

The defending champion, who opens against 54th-ranked Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, is on the opposite half of the draw from numerous players considered most likely to challenge him.

"I don't really think so", said Kvitova who was off the tour for six months a year ago after suffering knife wounds fighting off a burglar at her home in the Czech Republic. "It's a good thing that she's here indeed". Serena, who was ranked No. 1 before giving birth in 2017, is now ranked at No. 453.

"Now I'm the woman that many players probably don't want to play against". You know, Kim [Clijsters] did it and [Lindsay] Davenport did it, and there was quite a few. I see some drop shots.

Petra Kvitova was on site 24 hours after the news broke that a suspect in the 2016 knife attack against her was in custody.

Williams is in France training for the French Open.

Still, the two-time Wimbledon victor was smiling brightly, even if the sun was not.

"It feels fantastic to have that with me now, and hopefully I can build on that".

"Being a mother, it does affect your sporting career - you obviously can't play too far into your pregnancy depending on the type of sport you play. I think when they play on their highest level they can beat everyone".