Ivanka Trump defends Serena Williams, slams women’s tennis for ‘ridiculous’ maternity rule

No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child! Ivanka Trump tweeted calling for the WTA to change its rule after the French Open declined to seed Serena Williams who was out on maternity leave

No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child! Ivanka Trump tweeted calling for the WTA to change its rule after the French Open declined to seed Serena Williams who was out on maternity leave

Even Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the U.S. president, waded into the debate over the non-seeding of Williams at the French Open, branding the decision by tournament organizers "ridiculous".

Ostapenko stunned the world of tennis past year when she became the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933, with victory over Simona Halep coming on the Latvian's 20th birthday.

"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking". And this year they are going to be seeding Serena.

But fellow former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka have both backed Roland Garros, saying that Serena shouldn't get special treatment.

"So if we talk in terms of rule, the rule has to be for everybody". Interviewed by Reuters, the 18-time Grand Slam victor, who will work as a commentator for ESPN in Paris, said Sharapova 'has a shot" at the title. "I see her moving better and the intensity is back.

"I know from my perspective that when I came back I didn't really feel like a player who is top 20". "It's a tough call, I would like to see that change", Sharapova said.

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Williams was world number one before leaving the tour past year to have a baby but the 23-times grand slam champion enters Roland Garros ranked 453rd.

Heavy rain halted the champion's progress on Monday evening with him leading 6-4, 6-3, 0-3 against Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli. After losing to Daria Kasatkina at the Madrid Open, she lost her opening match to Daria Gavrilova last week in Rome.

She then conceded that the other player on court might also have a say in the match.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic has kicked off his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia. Muguruza's maiden victory over Williams in her second French Open appearance back in 2014 was a real shock, as she routed the defending champion 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

World number one Simona Halep will start her latest bid for an elusive Grand Slam title against Alison Riske of the US.

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