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The French Open draw will be made on Thursday, with the tournament starting on Sunday.

On the men's side, top-seeded Rafael Nadal, a 10-time champion at Roland Garros, is an overwhelming favorite and got help from the draw anyway. There was some shadow of doubt over clay's all-time great Rafael Nadal when he came to Paris a year ago to reclaim his territory. "But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams".

Belgium's David Goffin or Australia's Nick Kyrgios could lie beyond that for the Serb, while second seed Alexander Zverev is a potential semi-final opponent.

Rafael Nadal has won 79 of his 81 matches at Roland Garros, and it is striking that his principal rivals like Alex Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic are all in the other half of the draw. He will open against a qualifier.

"Serena Williams is a formidable athlete (best ever!) and loving new mother", Trump tweeted Thursday.

But a matchup between three-time champion Williams and two-time champion Sharapova is far from guaranteed.

She won her first two matches before losing to sister Venus Williams.

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The drivers will qualify come Saturday. "I'm sure Ferrari and Mercedes will start to put some more pressure on us". The double world champion had a better afternoon and finished ninth fastest.

Serena, the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015, will start against Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

The 36-year-old American is playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth in September and is unseeded. She hasn't played at a Grand Slam since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 while pregnant.

The three-time French Open champion was not granted a seed by tournament organizers, triggering criticism from women's groups and tennis fans, including the First Daughter.

Becker however, feels that the level of competition in the women's circuit of the French Open - with the likes Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova also in the mix - is shaping up to be quite intense.

The hard-hitting Ostapenko, who previous year became the first unseeded player to win the women's title since 1933, was handed a tricky draw as she could face former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

The 21-year-old German, who is seeded second in the absence of Roger Federer, begins his French Open against Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania.


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