Serena has since crashed to 453 in the world as a result, although she was able to use her protected ranking to enter the French Open.
Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to winning ways at the French Open after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion. So, yeah, I was seeded, but because of the points which I earned in the end of the year before.
Should she get through the first couple of rounds, Serena appears to have been handed a good draw, although may have a potential last-16 clash with Kristyna Pliskova's sister and sixth seed Karolina, who reached the semi-finals previous year. The three-time French Open champion gave birth to a daughter in September.
Muguruza's preparations for the French Open have been far from ideal, though, winning just two matches on clay.
Clijsters, who is working as an expert summariser for Eurosport and Eurosport Player, who will be broadcasting Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10, retired from tennis in 2007.
"And Wimbledon has the choice to do that".
"So if we talk in terms of rule, the rule has to be for everybody". If she beats Kuznetsova, she could meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation in the third round, then could be up against American CoCo Vandeweghe, who recently made it to the final in Stuttgart.
"I know from my perspective that when I came back I didn't really feel like a player who is top 20".
Azarenka did call for the rules to be changed to differentiate between injury absences and spells on the sidelines due to pregnancy. So, every time it was the French Open, I was looking forward to that season. After losing to Daria Kasatkina at the Madrid Open, she lost her opening match to Daria Gavrilova last week in Rome.
Maria Sharapova won the French Open in 2012 and 2014 and according to Chris Evert, the Russian can triumph again in Paris this year.
Jelena Ostapenko proved a surprise victor in Paris previous year, upsetting now world number one Simona Halep - who remains favourite with the bookmakers to end her own wait for a major title this time around.
Third-seeded Marin Cilic has kicked off his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia.
Defending champion Ostapenko returns as the fifth seed.