Serena Williams handed Wimbledon singles seeding as she targets eighth title

Serena Williams handed Wimbledon singles seeding as she targets eighth title

It was announced Wednesday that Williams, who took time off for maternity leave, will be ranked 25th during the British Grand Slam despite now being ranked 183rd in the world. When I pump, they go down a size or two, and I go out and play, ' she shared. At that point, most analysts said Williams had improved at each stage but had not reclaimed her peak form. "Since [her daughter Alexis Olympia] was born, I haven't been apart from her for more than a day", Williams said, adding that she wakes up at either 2 a.m. or 4 a.m.to feed her child.

The All England Club usually follows the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, but it does have the right to make alterations in the interest of producing a "balanced draw".

She returned to tennis in early March at Indian Wells and having missed most of the clay-court season reached the last 16 at the French Open - where she was not seeded - before pulling out due to injury.

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins 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.


Wimbledon made Williams the 25th seed, which comes at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova, who was ranked 32nd and therefore didn't get seeded at all to make room for Williams. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all.

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is seeking an eighth singles title at Wimbledon, leads the men's draw, ahead of second-seeded Rafael Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 in the world.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian may have Wednesday in a lavish ceremony two years after they first started dating, but it sounds like Williams knew it was meant to be when they first met in 2015. "I think that's good", Cibulkova said at the Eastbourne championships. "I think if I could give her any advice it would just be to enjoy the preparation and enjoy the planning. So I think that's why".

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has won Wimbledon seven times. "If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now - sorry, I'm one of those women", she says with a laugh.

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