Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon, despite world ranking of 183
28 June, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Anita Tucker
The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list, but under the tournament rules can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw".
Wimbledon officials have given seven-time champion Serena Williams the No. 25 seed for its 2018 tournament, a decision that acknowledges her exemplary record on grass and, unlike last month's French Open, will not excessively penalize her for a 13-month maternity leave.
The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is 183rd in the WTA Tour rankings.
Kyle Edmund, the British number one, is seeded for the first time at number 22, having reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 29, 2018 file photo, Serena Williams of the USA clenches her fist after scoring a point against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.
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Wimbledon will release the draw on Friday. She pulled out of that tournament in the fourth round because of an injury. In turn, top players - such as defending champion Sabine Muguruza, French Open champion Simona Halep and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens - are protected against facing Williams in an early round. That is part of a new plan, first reported by The New York Times, to take into account if a pregnancy affected a player's ranking. Caroline Wozniacki, John McEnroe and USTA president Katrina Adams have spoken out in support of Williams.
The Wimbledon seeding committee made no other changes from the WTA rankings in picking the top 32. 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.
"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?" asked Cibulkova, who is ranked No 32, after her defeat to Angelique Kerber at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.
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