Ivanka Trump shows support for fellow mom Serena Williams

Ivanka Trump shows support for fellow mom Serena Williams

Now, more than a year later, she is ranked 453 and French Open organizers have refused to seed her this weekend as she returns for her first major since the complicated birth that almost killed her.

Apparently, 23 Grand Slam titles, celebrity status and a net worth north of $160 million still isn't enough to insulate her from the type of bias women often face when they return to work after having or adopting a baby.

Williams' extended absence from the WTA Tour means she heads to Roland Garros, where she is a three-time champion, unseeded and meets world number 70 Pliskova first up.

The French Open's decision against giving former world number one tennis star Serena Williams a seeding has sparked anger around the world. "Tennis is such a selfish sport, but I think when there's a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there's something that's so much more important".

"Serena Williams is a formidable athlete (best ever!) and loving new mother", Trump tweeted Thursday.

"Certainly when I was playing you nearly didn't allow yourself to think about having children while you were playing, because there wasn't the assistance available", she said.

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Under a rule established by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), players who are out of the game due to injury or pregnancy for a minimum of six months are allowed to keep the ranking they held when they went on leave.

The French Open will mark Serena's first major tournament in more than a year.

The French Open draw is Thursday and the tournament begins on Sunday.

'It's normal to give birth to a kid.

Flipkens is the oldest singles player in the main draw here. 'So the people will decide what seed she will get. But they announced Monday that they would follow convention and give players seeds based on WTA rankings. "I would like to see that [rule] change, " she said at the Italian Open last week.

"Sharapova, who made a comeback of her own a year ago after returning from a 15-month suspension for a positive drug test, said she believes Williams, the former No. 1, deserves a seeding".

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