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Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite ranking of 183

28 June, 2018, 00:46 | Author: John Swanson
  • Tennis Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite low world ranking

Serena Williams will be seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon after the All England Club elevated her ranking after she had a baby, but not everybody in the WTA is happy with the decision.

Williams is now ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September 2017.

The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is now ranked 183rd.

The London slam has considered factors other than world ranking in the past, and the US Open announced Saturday it wouldn't penalize female players who were returning after pregnancy in seeding them.

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Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round. She missed Wimbledon in 2017, but won the title the last two times she was in the field, in 2015 and 2016.

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.

The BBC's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller says Cibulkova will not be the only one enraged by the decision. The Slovakian would have taken the last seeded spot but instead goes into the open draw. She made it to the fourth round where she would have faced Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw with injury.

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No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship.

Wimbledon will release the draw on Friday.

Business Insider contacted the All England Club to find out their justification for the seeding, but is yet to receive a response. So French Open champion Simona Halep is No. 1, Australian Open Caroline Wozniacki is No. 2, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is No. 3, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is No. 4.

Roger Federer is the top-seeded player in the men's tournament, followed by Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

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