She is now training with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, at his Nice-based academy where he confidently proclaimed that his ward was capable of adding to her 23 Grand Slam titles, even though she has slipped down the ranking to a lowly 453, which means she would be unseeded at Roland Garros.
Evert, who won the French Open seven times, believes the same should apply at Roland Garros and the protected ranking rule, which allows athletes returning from long absences to gain entry into tournaments using the ranking they had when they stopped playing, should extend to seedings.
At 36, the American is looking to regain her top form following the birth of her daughter last September. "She was No. 1 so she deserves seeding".
Some players may have not been supportive in the past of such a change to the rule, but more recently, a few prominent competitors have offered differing thoughts.More news: Comcast making move to prevent Disney deal for 21st Century Fox assets
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Having endured a four-match losing streak for the first time since 2003, Sharapova arrives in the French capital on the back of a last-eight run in Madrid and semi-final spot in Rome where she took the first set off world number one Halep before drowning in a sea of errors.
On the men's side, top-seeded Rafael Nadal, a 10-time victor at Roland Garros and already an overwhelming favourite, got even more help from the draw.
Only the very fearless would write off the title chances of a player who was champion in 2012 and 2014, runner-up in 2013 and semi-finalist in 2011. Regardless of the obstacles, she'll be going for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, which starts Sunday after the draw is announced Thursday. It's normal to have protected ranking. "But in my opinion it's good to protect the ranking when someone is giving birth". She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, and compiled two wins and two losses.
"It's not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game", Blake said.
"There are a couple of others coming around the block, but I wouldn't even name them because, in my eyes, if Rafa stays healthy, injury free, I don't see anybody taking it but him".