Tennis world erupts over bizarre photo of Serena Williams and daughter

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Tennis fans are in a frenzy over a photo of Serena Williams and her daughter at Disney Land.

The tennis champion took daughter Alexis Olympia to the theme park in Paris on Thursday ahead of the French Open.

But her appearance has sparked major concerns about her fitness, with the American star snapped sitting in a wheelchair.

The photo immediately went viral on Twitter, with many questioning her participation at Roland Garros.

There was no real explanation for the bizarre scenes, but many simply wrote it off as Serena wanting to rest her legs just days out from the second grand slam of the year.

New twist in controversy

World No.1 Naomi Osaka could meet Serena in the French Open quarter-finals, while defending champion Simona Halep will start against Ajla Tomljanovic.

Osaka is chasing a third consecutive grand slam title at Roland Garros, having triumphed at the US Open last year and the Australian Open in January.

The Japanese will face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round before the prospect of a tricky clash against either 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko or two-time Melbourne winner Victoria Azarenka.

Osaka's task will only become tougher as she advances through the tournament, with a potential meeting with Williams, who boasts 23 major titles, in the last eight.

Serena Williams in action. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Williams, who withdrew from the Internazionali d'Italia last week after one match, plays Vitalia Diatchenko first.

Meanwhile, Halep will also be required to come through a blockbuster quarter-final if she is to win a second grand slam at the scene of her first triumph.

Sixth seed Petra Kvitova could await Halep in the fifth round.

A standout opening match sees Venus Williams play Elina Svitolina, with one of the pair possibly facing 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the third round.

Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki are all in the bottom quarter of the draw.

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