Wimbledon: Serena Williams named 25th seed

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While Williams has previously held the world number 1 rank, she is now 183rd - a result of playing just three professional events in the past year due to her recent pregnancy.

The debate over whether Serena Williams should be seeded for Wimbledon has split opinion and it is sure to rumble on as she faces the prospect of facing a leading light as early as the third round. "It's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now".

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".

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Cibulkova said on the BBC.

A matter of hours after Williams' seeding was confirmed, WTA chairman Steve Simon said the organisation is open to a rule change regarding seedings for players returning after giving birth.

She has been critical of the WTA ranking system and the disadvantages it places on women who take maternity leave.

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"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. The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday.

In 2011, tournament officials seeded Williams, its defending champion, No. 7 although her ranking at the time was 26th in the world.

Williams could face one of the top eight seeds in round three of Wimbledon, where she lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish in 2015 and 2016. 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.

Wimbledon organisers have been accused of being set in their ways many times over the years, but the All England Club's seedings committee opted to break with the norm by promoting Williams. "She wants to continue to play". She made it to the fourth round where she would have faced Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw with injury.

Last weekend, U.S. Open President and CEO Katrina Adams said that it would definitely seed Williams for the season's final major, acknowledging that the formula for doing so had yet to be determined.