Serena Williams drawn against Kristyna Pliskova, Simona Halep faces Alison Riske
WTA Roland Garros Draw

Serena Williams drawn against Kristyna Pliskova, Simona Halep faces Alison Riske

Former world number one Serena Williams has been drawn against Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the French Open with current number one Simona Halep facing Alison Riske.

The draw was made on Thursday evening and for unseeded players were drawn by computer for the first time at Roland Garros.

Williams, who despite calls for her to be given a protected seeding, entered the draw unseeded and was drawn against Pliskova, whose twin sister Karolina will face a qualifier first up.

"I arrived yesterday and went training and I thought oh, it's good to be back," said the fifth-seeded Ostapenko.

The dangerous Svetlana Kuznetsova was drawn against world number three Garbine Muguruza, both former champions.

Great Britain's Jo Konta will face Yulia Putintseva whilst Heather Watson was drawn against Oceane Dodin

Another former champion, Maria Sharapova, will face a qualifier.

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