Serena Williams Hopes Wimbledon Changes Seeding Rules for Returning Moms

Serena Williams Hopes Wimbledon Changes Seeding Rules for Returning Moms

Serena Williams Hopes Wimbledon Changes Seeding Rules for Returning Moms

American Williams, 36, was not seeded at the French Open, where an injury curtailed her Grand Slam return before her fourth round match.

The Wimbledon Championships start July 2nd, and one of the most interesting stories is Serena Williams' return from pregnancy.

"I think it's great, and I know that there is definitely some talks, and I'm sure that some rules are going to change in the near future about this".

Williams beat seeded players in the second and third rounds of the French Open earlier this summer before being forced to withdraw from the tournament because of a pectoral injury so severe that she said she couldn't serve properly. You can't tell me - I'm sorry, I apologise to the 32nd player in the world. Margaret Court, the most slam-winning player of all time, was able to add three to her already impressive 21 after a pregnancy in 1972. She's listed at +600 on the odds sheet, but she's playing well this year (having won the Birmingham Classic just last weekend) and is maybe a safer pick than some of the other favorites.

That's the situation for Williams, who was not given a seeded spot by French Open officials.

The WTA is considering a rule change that would allow players to be seeded if they take time away from the sport due to maternity leave, but such a change can only take effect next year.

Initially, Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, said it was "unlikely" Williams would be seeded, but that comment drew criticism, including from former Grand Slam victor John McEnroe. This was one of a clutch of strangely lacklustre all-Williams finals that played a role in the public's apathy. I don't think I would've won if I was not pregnant. "It was weird", Williams said, reflecting on her pregnancy. I think it's encouraging.

'Out of respect to my fellow competitors and to the Wimbledon Championship I will not be able to compete in good shape and in good health and I had to take a tough decision and give my back the necessary rest and treatment for the next couple of weeks'.

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