Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite ranking of 183

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite ranking of 183

Wimbledon organisers have been accused of being set in their ways many times over the years, but the All England Club's seedings committee opted to break with the norm by promoting Williams.

Serena Williams will be seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon for this year's Grand Slam event in London, it was announced Wednesday. The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list but can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw".

She is now ranked 183, posting a 5-2 record since returning to the pro tour in March.

Players and retired greats have been split on whether returning mothers should be promtoed, with the world No.32 Dominika Cibulkova - the woman who has now lost her place as a seed - this week declaring she was against it.

The men's seeds show a few tweaks from the ATP rankings with Wimbledon using a formula created to take into account results on grasscourts. "Unfortunately, in the "90s they changed the rule whereas if you were injured (and) then you came back, you lose your seeding", Williams told Good Morning America before the ruling". "But they never took into account women that left No1 due to pregnancy". It's just because she won it many times and she's Serena Williams.

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Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round.

While the other well fancied contenders must have been somewhat relieved to avoid a potential first-round clash with the legendary 36-year-old, they could still be facing her much sooner than they would have liked. "Nor should they, in my opinion". Caroline Wozniacki, John McEnroe and USTA president Katrina Adams have spoken out in support of Williams. Not everyone was in support of giving Williams a better seed, however.

Williams is now ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September 2017. I think it's just not fair.

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.

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