Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Serena Williams denied seeding at French Open

Serena Williams denied seeding at French Open

Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say.

After having her first child in September 2017, Serena Williams is making a triumphant return to grand slam tennis competition by playing in the French Open beginning this week.

"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking", the French Tennis Federation said in a statement. However, some have argued that the rule punishes women whose rankings drop because they chose to have a child.

"It's normal to give birth". " ... The time she lost after the delivery, with all the medical issues she had to go through, was missing". That is unless benefiting from a wildcard or using a protected ranking, which has at least allowed Williams direct entrance into the field.

Given that she's won the French Open twice, part of a career Grand Slam, and won a trio of three-setters this month in Rome, including against Ostapenko.

There's no love for Serena Williams at the French Open. "So yeah, I definitely think that would be a nice change".

Victoria Azarenka was unseeded at last year's Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam since giving birth in late 2016, while Kim Clijsters was in a similar position at the 2009 US Open.

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Though Williams could have headed into the French Open under the World Tennis Association (WTA) protected or through a special ranking rule, the tournament organisers has denied to allot her a seed. Williams was eventually able to make a recovery, but not before spending her fist six weeks of motherhood confined to a bed in her home.

Serena had a tough time giving birth.

Several of Williams' rivals were critical of the rule that doesn't protect a ranking when a player takes maternity leave.

"I would like to see that change", Sharapova said at last week's Italian Open.

"It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally", Sharapova said, adding: "There's just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day". "It's normal to have protected ranking. t's more than tennis", top-ranked Simona Halep said.

In Wimbledon, like in all the other tournaments on the women's side, the seeding formula is authomatically given by the player's ranking. She was not seeded at either tournament. Williams tweeted that, for the second time in a week, she was being asked to produce a sample for an anti-doping test.

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