By Ros Satar

  • The draw has been announced for this year’s French Open
  • The seeds follow the current rankings
  • Kyle Edmund is seeded 16th, Johanna Kota is seeded 22nd.
PARIS, FRANCE – The Roland Garros draw is out, with the seeded players being drawn first – Rafael Nadal will return to defend his title, and the women’s draw is set for some intriguing returns, but what does the seeding mean?

 

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The French Open 2018 is almost upon us – and we break down who the seeds are and who is likely to face who.

 

The Seeds

[1] Rafael Nadal Simona Halep

 

Top seeds and opposite from the No. 2 seeds.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[2] Alexander Zverev Caroline Wozniacki

 

Occupies the bottom place in the draw, opposite from the top seeds.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[3] Marin Cilic Garbiñe Muguruza
[4] Grigor Dimitrov Elina Svitolina

 

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[5] Juan Martin Del Potro Jelena Ostapenko
[6] Kevin Anderson Karolina Pliskova
[7] Dominic Thiem Caroline Garcia
[8] David Goffin Petra Kvitova

 

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 9-12 in the fourth round and 1-4 in the quarter-finals.

 

[9] John Isner Venus Williams
[10] Pablo Carreno Busta Sloane Stephens
[11] Diego Schwartzman Julia Goerges
[12] Sam Querrey Angelique Kerber

 

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 5-8 in the fourth round.

 

[13] Roberto Bautista Agut Madison Keys
[14] Jack Sock Daria Kasatkina
[15] Lucas Pouille Coco Vandeweghe
[16] Kyle Edmund Elise Mertens

 

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 1-4 in the fourth round.

 

[17] Tomas Berdych Ashleigh Barty
[18] Fabio Fognini Kiki Bertens
[19] Kei Nishikori Magdalena Rybarikova
[20] Novak Djokovic Anastasija Sevastova
[21] Nick Kyrgios Naomi Osaka
[22] Philipp Kohlschreiber Johanna Konta
[23] Stan Wawrinka Carla Suárez Navarro
[24] Denis Shapovalov Daria Gavrilova

 

Will face players seeded 9-16 in the third round.

 

[25] Adrian Mannarino Anett Kontaveit
[26] Damir Dzumhur Barbora Strycova
[27] Richard Gasquet Zhang Shuai
[28] Feliciano Lopez Maria Sharapova
[29] Gilles Muller Kristina Mladenovic
[30] Fernando Verdasco Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
[31] Albert Ramos-Vinolas Mihaela Buzarnescu
[32] Gael Monfils Alizé Cornet

 

Will face players seeded 1-8 in the third round.

 

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Roland Garros 2018 Men’s Singles

Rafael Nadal, Press conference at the ATP World Tour Finals, London 2017

Photo by Martin Cole/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock | Rafael Nadal, ATP World Tour Finals, O2 London 2017

Can anyone stop Rafael Nadal? His draw looks to be probably the easiest out of the lot, and there are a few challenges in the way of No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile Novak Djokovic has to be considered a danger seed with his improved performance in Rome

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Roland Garros 2018 Women’s Singles

Simona Halep in her post-match press conference after losing the Australian Open final, 2018

Simona Halep in her post-match press conference after losing the Australian Open final, 2018 | ( PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

It looks tight at the top with favourites for the title being World No. 1 Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina emerging as a real breakthrough prospect for getting past the quarter-finals here, following her Rome title defence.

Last year the field was wide open as Serena Williams was on maternity leave, as was Victoria Azarenka. This year they are both back, along with Maria Sharapova who could all upset the apple cart on the way to the finals.

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Roland Garros 2018 takes place between 27 May to 10 June

 

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