US tennis player Serena Williams hits a return during a training session ahead of the French tennis Open on May 20, 2016 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
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Serena Williams will have a third go at winning a 22nd Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, which would draw her level with Steffi Graf as the most successful female player in the Open era.Williams, who won her first title in nine months in Rome last weekend, will begin her Paris defense against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 76, who has yet to make it beyond the second round.With two-time winner Maria Sharapova out of the picture under a doping cloud, the opposition to Williams is expected to come from Europeans in the shape of Germany's Angelique Kerber, who upset Williams in Melbourne, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 2014 finalist Simona Halep of Romania, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, as well as Azarenka.Former world number one and two-time Australian Open winner Azarenka is a potential quarter-final foe for Williams while 2010 French Open champion could be a third round opponent.
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