Serena Williams seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer No. 1


Serena Williams, who took a year off to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, is not automatically entitled to a seeding despite the fact she has won the singles title seven times.

When Williams entered the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam action in 16 months, she was not seeded by the French tennis federation.

She'll avoid seeds for at least the first two rounds but would have had another round's protection had she been seeded just one spot higher. It's just because she won it many times and she's Serena Williams.

'I think it's just not fair.

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It reserves the right to change the women's seedings to "produce a balanced draw" and Williams, whose protected ranking does not guarantee a seeding, clearly is a special case. As Wimbledon approached, she petitioned for the All England Club to take maternity leave into account.

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.

After giving birth via a C-section in September, Williams fell short of breath and had a CT scan that revealed several blood clots in her lungs.

For Wimbledon, seedings generally had followed the WTA world rankings, which protects players who have been out due to injury but not those absent due to pregnancy.

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Williams has been "seeded" in the starting lineup of the tournament, which means she has to play opening matches against lower-ranked opponents, and has a better shot at the title. The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday. Venus Williams is No. 9, Australia's Ashleigh Barty is No. 17, home favorite Jo Konta is No. 22 and Maria Sharapova is seeded 24th, one place ahead of Serena Williams. Nadal is seeded second while the British No1, Kyle Edmund, is 22nd.

Cibulkova, who has reached the tournament's quarterfinals twice, can now be selected to face anyone from the main draw in the first round. I think that's good. "So I think that's why".

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Cibulkova said earlier in this week, when talking to the BBC about the prospect of not getting seeded to make room for Williams.

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