Serena Williams awarded seeding for Wimbledon

US Open announces plan to give Serena Williams a seed

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon 2018

It was announced Wednesday that Williams, who took time off for maternity leave, will be ranked 25th during the British Grand Slam despite now being ranked 183rd in the world.

One effect of Williams' being seeded at the All England Club: The 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist and the 2014 Australian Open runner-up, will not benefit from a seeding and could play anyone in the field in the first round.

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

The question for tournament officials, however, is how to strike that balance between elevating a returning player whose ranking has dropped over rivals who have surged ahead of her in the rankings.

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

The No.25 spot means Williams is slated to face a top-eight seed - Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza among them - in the third round.

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Seeding is usually reserved for the 32 players with the higher ranking from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

Before the seedings were announced, Cibulkova told the BBC that seeding the former seven-time Wimbledon champion would be unfair.

The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday. "I have tried and I should be seeded".

Even though, this seeding would provide limited cushion, Serena will feel relieved after Wimbledon's gesture. Williams had said before the ruling that the idea of the sport changing the way maternity leave is treated is bigger than her. 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.

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

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. "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said.

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