The seeded women’s table at Roland Garros will be determined again this year according to the WTA ranking, and no exception will be made for Serena Williams, dropped to 453rd in the world, said Tuesday the FFT.

Serena Williams’ road to a fourth title at Roland-Garros promises to be particularly difficult this year. First because the American has won only two games this season on the main circuit at Indian Wells, she has not played since March in Miami (where she lost entry) … but also because she will not be seeded in Paris.

“This year again, the seeds will be determined according to the WTA ranking,” said the French Tennis Federation in a statement sent to the Associated Press. No preferential treatment for the former world No. 1, so, she who should play well on clay Paris – his coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said that his player returned to Roland “to win”.

Sharapova and Halep support her
Williams, ranked 453rd, has not played Porte d’Auteuil since the final lost in 2016. Back from a long maternity leave (she gave birth to her daughter last September), the American tries to 36 years back to the highest level that arouses the admiration of his rivals. Simona Halep, current No. 1, and Maria Sharapova, all felt that Williams deserved to be seeded Roland. “To come back physically, emotionally, all this requires such an effort,” said the Russian during the tournament in Rome. I would like this rule to change, it deserves that its classification is protected.