Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite ranking of 183

Serena Williams handed Wimbledon seeding

Serena Williams handed Wimbledon seeding

Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for Wimbledon after the All England Club gave the seven-time singles champion a discretionary promotion.

The 36-year-old - who was not seeded for the French Open - has made only a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Alexis Olympia's birth last September.

In an interview to The Daily Mail on Monday, the former world No. 4 Tim Henman suggested Serena Williams will be included in the 32-player Wimbledon seeding.

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Some players and tennis commentators have said it is unfair that women who go on maternity leave to have a baby lose their ranking, and therefore their seeding at big tournaments. "Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding". 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.

Unless a seed withdraws before the start Cibulkova could now potentially face Halep, or Williams, in the first round.

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?" Dominika Cibulkova, who is ranked No32 in the world, will be the seed to miss out and she voiced her displeasure at the prospect of not being seeded in anticipation of Williams' promotion on Tuesday.

The tennis great said earlier this week that pregnancy should not be penalized when it comes to tournament seeding. The slide resulted from a near year-long absence triggered by a freak injury, in which she stepped on broken glass and later developed blood clots in her lungs following her 2010 Wimbledon championship. "If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is".

Simona Halep is No. 1 in the women's draw, with defending champion Garbine Muguruza at No. 3 behind Caroline Wozniacki.

In the men's draw, after Federer and Nadal, 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic is No. 3, followed by Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

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