Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious

Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious

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

Seven-time champion Serena Williams has been announced as the 25th seed for Wimbledon.

Williams could face one of the top eight seeds in round three of Wimbledon, where she lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish in 2015 and 2016.

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.

The 36-year-old American is continuing her return to action after giving birth to her first child, Olympia, in September 2017.

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In the run-up to Wimbledon, Caroline Wozniacki advocated expressly for Williams, calling on tournament officials to award her a seed. In turn, top players - such as defending champion Sabine Muguruza, French Open champion Simona Halep and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens - are protected against facing Williams in an early round.

While WTA rules allow women who miss time because of a pregnancy to enter events based on their pre-absence ranking, there is no guarantee of a seeding, a policy which has been the subject of much debate in recent months because of Williams' status. The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list but can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw". "I have tried and I should be seeded". The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday.

When Williams left the tour during her pregnancy she was ranked No1 in the world - she won the Australian Open in her first trimester - but a player's seeding is not protected during maternity leave. The five-time major victor looked much more like her old self at the French Open, where she made the quarter-finals. She goes into the tournament in good form after lifting the trophy in Birmingham last weekend although a hamstring injury forced a withdrawal from Eastbourne on Wednesday. "Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding".

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Cibulkova told British broadcaster BBC ahead of Wednesday's seeding announcement.

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