Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

While she enjoys a protected ranking and can enter the grand slams without having to qualify, that does not automatically mean she can also be handed a seeded position.

Unless a seed withdraws before the start Cibulkova could now potentially face Halep, or Williams, in the first round.

Williams, victor of 23 Grand Slam titles during her career and a seven-time women's singles champ at the All England Club, took maternity leave for the birth of her first child.

"I think it's now right that WTA offers a protected ranking".

Slovakian Cibulkova had been left less than impressed by the prospect ahead of the seeding announcement.

The All England Club usually follows the women's WTA world rankings, but reserves the right to change seedings - the top 32 players in the draw.

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The U.S. Tennis Association says it does intend to seed Williams for the U.S. Open, which begins in August.

The 36-year-old - who was not seeded for the French Open - has made only a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Alexis Olympia's birth last September. I think it's just not fair. British number one Johanna Konta is the 22nd seed, while Maria Sharapova is number 24.

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.

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. 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. "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said. I have the right and I should be seeded and if they put her in front of me then I will just lose my spot that I am supposed to have. "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

In the run-up to Wimbledon, Caroline Wozniacki advocated expressly for Williams, calling on tournament officials to award her a seed.

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