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Serena Williams victorious: Wimbledon amends rules to grant her 25th seed

Serena Williams victorious: Wimbledon amends rules to grant her 25th seed

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam victor Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis in September and she returned to action in February having missed over a year out since winning the 2017 Australian Open. I think it's just not fair.

The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list, but under the tournament rules can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw". The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is now ranked 183rd.

The BBC's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller says Cibulkova will not be the only one enraged by the decision. This comes on the heels of the six-time Wimbledon champion successfully campaigning for seeding lenience from the U.S. Open due to pregnancy-related absences.

Defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza is seeded third, with last year's runner-up Venus Williams seeded ninth.

The London slam has considered factors other than world ranking in the past, and the US Open announced Saturday it wouldn't penalize female players who were returning after pregnancy in seeding them.

While she enjoys a protected ranking and can enter the grand slams without having to qualify, that does not automatically mean she can also be handed a seeded position.

The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday.

"It would be different if I was No 6 seed and they put me at No 10, you know", added Cibulkova, whose own ranking peaked at No 4 in 2014. "I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight", he said.

No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship. She missed Wimbledon in 2017, but won the title the last two times she was in the field, in 2015 and 2016. Caroline Wozniacki, John McEnroe and USTA president Katrina Adams have spoken out in support of Williams.

The decision of giving Serena Williams a seeding at 2018 Wimbledon was in the air for days, now it's official. But because of an injured pectoral muscle, Williams pulled out of Roland Garros before what would have been a showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova. "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said.