Serena Williams 'very likely' to get seeded at Wimbledon

Dean Simpson
May 26, 2018

The WTA now gives players coming off maternity leave or injuries a "special ranking", which allows them to enter tournaments but doesn't impact seeding. She could play Halep in the first round.

"It's wrong", Chris Evert, who won 18 grand slams of her own, told ESPN.

"Not just for her but for the other women who could play her in the first round". That is unless benefiting from a wildcard or using a protected ranking, which has at least allowed Williams direct entrance into the field.

"Of course being the defending champion for the first time, it adds a lot of pressure and expectation, and for sure this year you think different", Muguruza said.

Stephens has yet to get beyond the fourth round in six trips to Paris, but after collecting her maiden grand slam title at last year's US Open she brings a newfound belief that could get her over the hump on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

"It's a tough call, I would like to see that change", Sharapova said. "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally. It's more than tennis". He's healthy but sitting out this portion of the season for the second straight year in a bid to be rested and refreshed for the grass, instead of putting his 36-year-old body through the grind required on the clay.

"It's not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game", Blake said.

Williams was at last week's royal wedding.

Several people in the tennis world have argued that the policy unfairly punishes women who step away to have a child - which Williams did a year ago - by forcing them to sacrifice their ranking to do so.

"The WTA could put this issue on the table ... this is an issue that should be at a boardroom discussion".

"Serena clearly came back too early". Serena may play differently now that she is a mother, but she still deserves to have a seeding. But her results, far from convincing, have only been good enough to climb to 449th in the world rankings.

"It's normal to give birth".

Before thrashing Thiem 6-0, 6-2 in Monte Carlo last month, Nadal said the Austrian was "probably one of the three best clay-court players on tour", but the last fortnight has shown that Zverev is potentially even more unsafe. "Pregnancy is not an injury".

"This provides for a player to return with a protected ranking but does not allow for a player to be seeded based upon the special ranking which was put in place".

Women's Final. d. Seles, a lefty who hit two-fisted forehands and backhands, won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 French Open titles. And that's not what some of these players want to do for obvious reasons. "We remain committed to evolving with the needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from maternity leave to the tour". The #WTA should change this rule immediately. "I think that would be nice".

Only the very fearless would write off the title chances of a player who was champion in 2012 and 2014, runner-up in 2013 and semi-finalist in 2011.

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