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Serena Williams to return to French Open as unseeded player

CHALLENGES: Serena Williams

TENNIS STAR Serena Williams will return to the French Open next week - but this time as an unseeded player.

The former World Number 1 discovered she was pregnant after winning the 2017 Australian Open and following her return to the court in March, the American suffered early defeats in Indian Wells and Miami.

The 36-year-old subsequently withdrew from Madrid and Rome clay court events and has seen her world ranking plummet to No 453.

In a statement released by the French Tennis Federation, they said: "This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking. Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking."

Williams, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian last September, can compete at Roland Garros under the WTA's special ranking rule, which allows players returning from a long spells out to use their ranking at the start of their absence.

The French Open starts on May 27.

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