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Serena Williams is given the No. 25 seed for Wimbledon

28 June 2018

"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now".

The 23-time major singles champion was pregnant when Garbine Muguruza was crowned champion in South West London past year, but she will enter the first round next week as the 25th seed. "I don't think it's the right thing to do".

World No.1 Simona Halep is top seed in the women's singles with 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza at three.

The 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter last September and was off the tour for more than a year.

But the American has been slotted in between Maria Sharapova and Australia's Daria Gavrilova for Wimbledon after tournament officials decided the former victor deserved to be seeded.

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.

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Serena has said she believes players returning from pregnancy should have protected seedings in tournaments as well as protected rankings.

The All England Club usually follows the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, but it does have the right to make alterations in the interest of producing a "balanced draw".

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

Former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who is ranked No. 32 in the WTA rankings, is the player most disadvantaged by the decision to seed Serena Williams.

Wimbledon will release the draw on Friday. 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. The slide resulted from a near year-long absence triggered by a freak injury, in which she stepped on broken glass and later developed blood clots in her lungs following her 2010 Wimbledon championship. Petra Kvitova, the two-time champ who is seeded No. 8, pulled out of her third-round match at Eastbourne on Wednesday with a hamstring problem, putting her status for Wimbledon in doubt.

At 17 after her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open.

Serena Williams is given the No. 25 seed for Wimbledon