Roland Garros-2018: Venus Williams and Conte left the tournament

Virginia Santiago
May 28, 2018

It was the youngster's first WTA title and Halep's defeat kept Angelique Kerber as world No. 1, despite the German losing in round one.

Shapovalov looks set to battle John Millman in round 1, and Jack Sock in round 3 before facing off with Rafael Nadal in week 2. Or will she come up short once more?

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The owner of 23 major singles titles, a record for the 50-year Open era, Williams hasn't played on one of her sport's most prestigious stages since winning the Australian Open in January 2017, while pregnant.

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Williams, the eldest more than two years was eliminated in the first round of the Grand slam tournament in Paris two consecutive years, reached the fourth round. "I mean, this is not something I worry about, to be honest", Zverev said.

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With Roger Federer sitting out the clay swing, Andy Murray sidelined with injury and Novak Djokovic still working his way back from injury, the two biggest threats to Nadal over the last couple of months have been 24-year-old Dominic Thiem (+700) and 21-year-old Alexander Zverev (+1000).

Federer also spoke about how the world rankings have gotten less important to him as his career has advanced, and how his great rival Rafa Nadal pushed him to be a better player. They shouldn't be called next generation too much.

"I needed to balance everything in my life and make sure I had enough time for training, rest, and recovery-and philanthropy".

There will be another all-German affair in the women's draw, with Angelique Kerber taking on Mona Barthel.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Paris tournament with an elbow injury.

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What happened past year? "With all the pressure on her, and also with all the off-court activities as well - because as No.1 you have to do so much more off court - she didn't feel fresh in her head past year", Fissette told wtatennis.com. Azarenka is an unseeded name the top-ranked players will be hoping to avoid for as long as possible, while two-time Roland Garros champion Sharapova is seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for meldonium over two years ago. She feels fresh again.

The International Tennis Federation are looking for a clarification from the Grand Slam Board on the rules for prize money distribution, but said the Argentine lucky loser will at least get 79,000 euros ($91,758) for reaching the second round.

Halep remains the obvious favourite and her draw isn't terrible, while I do expect Svitolina to make the breakthrough at a Slam sooner rather than later so wouldn't be surprised for her to go all the way.

The Dane will next face Spanish qualifier Georgina Garcia Perez, who knocked out Dalila Jakupovic 6-3 6-4 to claim her first main draw victory at a grand slam.

"Sometimes when you come back from injuries it's hard to play that well from the beginning, but he played a great event in Rome and is no doubt one of the candidates to win here". But there are plenty of strong contenders blocking her path to a third grand slam win.

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