Should new mother Serena Williams be seeded for Wimbledon?

Serena Williams may retire from tennis if she gets pregnant again

Former world No 1 Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon after missing last year's tournament, while reigning champion Garbine Muguruza bids to retain the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon, the All England Club has announced. Wimbledon usually follows the latest rankings but can make a change if "necessary to produce a balanced draw".

To the pro tennis player, a badass woman is "incredibly confident and unapologetically herself".

The 36-year-old is ranked world No 183 as she continues her comeback from giving birth to her first child last year but Wimbledon officials have discretion to seed a player regardless of ranking and are understood to have come to a decision at a meeting on Tuesday. She made it to the fourth round where she would have faced Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw with injury. As Wimbledon approached, she petitioned for the All England Club to take maternity leave into account.

"I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded. Not even birth - after", Williams said, referring to her near-death experience after having her daughter, Olympia. "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules". She told InStyle, "If I weren't working, I'd already be pregnant".

This adding to the fact that Serena's main concern when she takes the court is baby Alexis.

Serena Williams has been handed an easy ride at the start of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships- and one of her tennis rivals will be furious. "John McEnroe, who is on the seeding committee, was among the fellow tennis legends who spoke out in Williams" favor before the ruling. "I had this sense, like, 'I'm going to marry this guy, but I'm not ready yet, but I know I'm going to marry this guy, '" she told InStyle. "Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second, third round?" Caroline Wozniacki, John McEnroe and USTA president Katrina Adams have spoken out in support of Williams.

A spokeswoman for Williams gave Deadspin the following statement.

New mother Williams, who is only ranked 183rd in the world, secured the 25th seeding ahead of Cibulkova who is ranked 32nd.

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