Serena Williams is ranked and seeded 10th at the French Open, where she will again go for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Williams, one shy of Margaret Court‘s record, could play top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their U.S. Open final, memorable for Williams’ spat with the chair umpire.
Williams made her Grand Slam return from childbirth in Paris last year, reaching the fourth round before withdrawing minutes before a match with Maria Sharapova due to a pectoral injury. The three-time French Open winner also withdrew from her last three tournaments with health problems, citing a left knee injury at the last two.
Osaka is the top seed after winning the last two Grand Slams — the U.S. Open and Australian Open. The favorite may be defending champion Simona Halep, the Romanian third seed, but parity manifested in 18 different women winning the first 18 tournaments of 2019.
Osaka could face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second round.
Sharapova, a two-time winner at Roland Garros, withdrew last week with a shoulder injury.
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