By Paul D. Bowker | May 25, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Sloane Stephens serves in her match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2018 on May 16, 2018 in Rome.


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Four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams enters play in the French Open as an unseeded player in the women’s singles tournament.

Main draw play in the French Open begins Sunday at Roland Garros following five days of qualifying rounds. The women’s final will be played June 9, followed by the men’s final one day later.

Williams is unseeded because she took 13 months off on maternity leave, giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017. In Paris, she’ll be going after her 24th Grand Slam title. She last won the French Open in 2015.

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Among the other Americans in the women’s tournament are four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams, and 2016 Olympians Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe.

2016 Olympians Jack Sock and Steve Johnson are among the U.S. players in men’s singles, along with 2012 Olympic quarterfinalist John Isner.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.