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Serena may get Wimbledon seeding after Paris snub

26 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Carla Brady
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Without a seeding she risks facing highly ranked players in the early rounds.

Nadal won a record 10th title at Roland Garros a year ago - no player in history has won as many grand slam titles at a single tournament - so it is of little surprise that the Spaniard is the red-hot favorite. If Williams enters unseeded, she could end up facing some of the top ranked players in the early rounds which makes it a lot more hard for her to advance and book herself a place in the quarter or semi-finals.

Serena Williams was denied a seeding position for the French Open that starts on Sunday, but the American player could still get a seed for Wimbledon, a tournament that she won seven times, the last one in 2016.

The WTA now gives players coming off maternity leave or injuries a "special ranking", which allows them to enter tournaments but doesn't impact seeding.

"When reviewing these rules the players have traditionally expressed they do not feel that a player coming back from a long-term lay-off, for any reason, should be allowed to be seeded".

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) - the governing body of the women's tour - is considering a rule change which will add protected seedings, as well as protected rankings, for players returning from maternity leave but that won't come into effect until at least next year.

Some players may have not been supportive in the past of such a change to the rule, but more recently, a few prominent competitors have offered differing thoughts.

Another familiar face back in the draw: Victoria Azarenka, who gave birth to a son previous year.




The Tennis star also claimed on Twitter that she still gets tested twice a week for drugs and anti-doping. "But in my opinion it's good to protect the ranking when someone is giving birth".

According to fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina, Williams is still number one, so she deserves seeding.

3rd Round. a. Ostapenko was the first woman in almost four decades to make a Grand Slam title the first tour-level triumph of her career. This will be Williams' first Grand Slam event since she won the 2017 Australian Open when already pregnant. James Blake, a former ATP Tour player who is the director of the Miami Open, said at the time that a player such as Williams deserved to have been "protected" by the WTA.

"It's not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game", Blake said.

However, being seeded gives a player a number of advantages.

France has six players in the top 50 of the men's world rankings and three in the women's top 50, but it seems unlikely that this year will produce a first home men's champion since 1983.

"I don't think we would be talking about this if it wasn't Serena", she said. She may not like it, but she will go with it and prove what she wants to prove in the process.

Serena had a tough time giving birth.

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