The First Daughter came to the defense of the tennis star on social media on Thursday, writing that it was "ridiculous" that Williams was unseeded from the tennis tournament after having taken time off from the game to give birth to her daughter.
"No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child!" Thus she faced the possibility of being matched against a top player in the early rounds - and, in turn, all of the contenders had the same unhappy prospect.
"I would like to see that [rule] change", Sharapova said at the Italian Open last week, adding.
Williams and Sharapova could meet in the fourth round of the French Open thanks to Thursday's draw, though a matchup between three-time champion Williams and two-time champion Sharapova is far from guaranteed.
Williams plummeted to 453rd in the world by the time the French Open organizers announced their seedings, which they said they would follow the current rankings. They are trying to put her on the so-called mommy track, which sadly is an all-too-common occurrence in all workplaces, not just sports.
"It's normal to give birth".
Wiliams ranked No. 1 when she went on maternity leave, and her return to the court will mark her first major since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September. It's normal to have protected ranking.
Should she win the final, it would make her the first WTA player to pick up three consecutive titles at the same tournament since Serena Williams at Miami from 2013 to 2015.
Stosur launches her 15th Roland Garros campaign against Yanina Wickmayer, with third-seeded 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or 2009 victor Svetlana Kuznetsova looming as possible third-round obstacles.
The ruling means that Williams, who was ranked by the World Tennis Association (WTA) as No. 1 previous year but has dropped to No. 453 due to her absence, risked being pitted against top-ranked players early in the competition.
"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking".