Serena Williams: Wimbledon seeding decision by All England Club on Tuesday

Elena Summers
June 26, 2018

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Williams returned to Grand Slam action for the first time in 15 months at the French Open last month, but she remained unseeded due to her taking maternity leave previous year, leading to many of her tennis rivals calling for a rule change.

'I don't think there would be one player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight [seeds],' McEnroe added.

Briefly: not great. She lost early at Indian Wells and Miami, losing to Venus Williams at Indian Wells in the third rounding and losing in the first round to Naomi Osaka in Miami. Nor should they, in my opinion'.

- With five Grand Slams in her trophy cabinet, Serena was well established as a global star, but the Williams' sisters popularity with fans was still hit and miss after a less than warm reception at the French Open.

Now stationed at No. 9 in the rankings: Venus Williams, herself a five-time solo Wimbledon champ, also with six doubles titles to her credit at SW19 alongside her younger sister. The 23-time major champion didn't play professionally for over a year, causing her WTA ranking to drop to No 183. Williams did not officially qualify for the French Open, but organisers gave her special permission. A determined Cibulkova has recovered a Top-32 ranking this season.

Serena Williams says there are records she still wants to break - and she's ready to put in the hard work to do it.


Despite that heralding, McEnroe has sharper words for one of Wimbledon's homegrown contenders, 2017 semifinalist Johanna Konta.

The US Open is set to become the first grand slam tennis tournament to update their seeding policy to take into account players returning post-pregnancy. "No offence. You're talking about Serena". Seedings for the grass court Grand Slam, which begins on 2 July, will be announced Wednesday.

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"I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major. "You can't play a sport without being physically ready".

Williams impressed at the French Open with wins over Karolina Pliskova, Ashleigh Barty and Julia Goerges before withdrawing from her round of 16 clash with old rival Maria Sharapova due to a right pectoral muscle injury affecting her serve.

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