Paris - Serena and Venus Williams were handed a wildcard
into the French Open women's doubles on Thursday as the American sisters seek
to add a third Roland Garros title to their triumphs in 1999 and 2010.
They have won 14 Grand Slam doubles as a team but since
their last win together in Paris they have only featured on two further
occasions at the tournament, losing in the first round in 2013 and the third
round in 2016.
Serena, a three-time singles champion at the French Open,
will be playing in her first Grand Slam tournament since winning the Australian
Open in 2017 after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter
On Thursday, she was drawn to face Kristyna Pliskova of the
Czech Republic in the first round of the singles which gets underway on Sunday.
Venus starts against China's Wang Qiang.