Williams could face longtime rival Sharapova. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)
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Three-time champion Serena Williams could face longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the French Open last-16 after Thursday's draw that also handed Rafael Nadal a dream route to an 11th title. Williams, the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015, will commence against Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.Former world No. 1 Williams, now ranked a lowly 453, is playing a Grand Slam for the first time since she won her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter in September.Sharapova, champion in 2012 and 2014, could face Williams, against whom she lost in the 2013 final at Roland Garros, in the fourth round.
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