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Serena Williams at No 25 in post-pregnancy return to Wimbledon

Serena Williams at No 25 in post-pregnancy return to Wimbledon

It has now been confirmed that the seven-time Wimbledon champion, 36, will be seeded #25.

Wimbledon made Williams the 25th seed, which comes at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova, who was ranked 32nd and therefore didn't get seeded at all to make room for Williams.

Williams, a record 23-times Grand Slam champion, will be returning to the All England Club for the first time since giving birth to her daughter last September. "I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight", he said.

Slovakian Cibulkova had been left less than impressed by the prospect ahead of the seeding announcement. In May she played in the French Open but was not seeded because she had fallen to 453rd in the world while she was gone.

The US Open said earlier this month that it would update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from pregnancy.

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday. 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.

Despite the lack of a seed, Williams won her first three matches at the recent French Open but was forced to withdraw just hours before her four-round meeting with Maria Sharapova after injuring a pectoral muscle.

In the men's draw, the champion, Roger Federer, is seeded No1, despite losing the top spot in the world rankings to Rafael Nadal at the beginning of the week.

"I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded". "It's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now. Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said. "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?" asked Cibulkova after losing to Angelique Kerber at Eastbourne.

Serena Williams has been handed an easy ride at the start of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships- and one of her tennis rivals will be furious.


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