US Serena Williams attends a training session at the Roland Garros stadium on May 25, 2018 in Paris, ahead of 2018 French Open tennis tournament. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON
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Three-time champion Serena Williams will make her eagerly awaited return to Grand Slam tennis on Tuesday with a French Open first-round match against Kristyna Pliskova on Court Philippe Chatrier.Serena has since crashed to 453 in the world as a result, although she was able to use her protected ranking to enter the French Open.A run to the title at Roland Garros so soon into her comeback may be unlikely, but Serena can never be ruled out and victory would draw her level with Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.Fellow former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka have both backed Roland Garros, saying that Serena shouldn't get special treatment.Serena's longtime rival Maria Sharapova and US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka have been among those to call for the rule to be changed, but world No. 8 Kvitova doesn't agree.
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