Play resumes at the French Open

Play resumes at the French Open

With only two tournament appearances this year, Williams is ranked 453rd, and she pulled out of the clay court lead-up events in Madrid and Rome.

Without a seeding, Williams was placed in the same quarter of the draw as Sharapova, who is unseeded too.

Shapovalov compiled a 32-9 edge in winners and converted 6 of 12 break points.

Next for Shapovalov is a matchup against 70th-ranked Maximilian Marterer of Germany, a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 victor against Ryan Harrison of the U.S. "We didn't play. She played more some practices so she told me a little bit more about Barbora today", she said of Barbora Krejcikova, whom she beat 7-6 6-4 in the first round on Monday.

And now she will go into her first Grand Slam match in 497 days without a single warm-up match on clay with all of her competitive tennis in 2018 having come on hard courts.

After beating Williams in the 2016 final, Muguruza's title defense was ended in the fourth round a year ago by local favorite Kristina Mladenovic of France in front of a partisan crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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Play has resumed at the French Open after a suspension due to rain of about an hour.

Also in the women's first round, 2016 victor Garbine Muguruza plays another former French Open champion, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won in 2009.

Williams has faced Pliskova's twin sister Karolina twice before and lost on their most recent meeting, in the semi-finals of the US Open back in 2016.

If there is one player that should not be afraid of Serena Williams' return to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open, it's certainly Garbine Muguruza. The three-time French Open champion gave birth to a daughter in September.

Also in the women's first round, 2016 victor Garbine Muguruza plays another former French Open champion, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won in 2009.

On the men's side, No.1 seed Rafael Nadal will aim to quickly finish his rain-interrupted first-round match against Italy's Simone Bolelli. So, every time it was the French Open, I was looking forward to that season.

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