Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

While she enjoys a protected ranking and can enter the grand slams without having to qualify, that does not automatically mean she can also be handed a seeded position. That's why, for example, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's success on grass courts was taken into account when the All England Club bumped him up a spot to No. 1 on Wednesday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2.

Williams, a record 23-times Grand Slam champion, will be returning to the All England Club for the first time since giving birth to her daughter last September.

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"

World No.1 Simona Halep is top seed in the women's singles with 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza at three. Dominika Cibulkova, who is ranked No32 in the world, will be the seed to miss out and she voiced her displeasure at the prospect of not being seeded in anticipation of Williams' promotion on Tuesday.

In May, French Open officials declined to grant her a seed, touching off a debate about how the sport should treat its ranked players who return to the game following childbirth.

Seeding is usually reserved for the 32 players with the higher ranking from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday.

The US Open Grand Slam in NY has said it will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy.

Sharapova is seeded one place above her whilst Serena's sister Venus, who lost in last year's final, is ninth seed. They are followed by Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro. "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said.

"I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded".

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?" It's just because she won it many times and she's Serena Williams.

"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now". "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

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