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US Open will consider Serena pregnancy in seedings

US Open will consider Serena pregnancy in seedings”

Williams is a six-time U.S. Open champion, so she'll probably be seeded quite higher than her ranking unless she vaults up the rankings following an impressive showing at Wimbledon.

The ranking decision by the Woman's Tennis Association and the seeding decision by the French Open were seen as sexist in many sectors - penalizing women for starting families. "No offence. You're talking about Serena".

McEnroe very much believes that his compatriot should be awarded one of the 32 seeded places despite the fact that it would mean that the player who earned the 32nd spot would harshly miss out.

"Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking".

The 23-time Grand Slam champion could be seeded at Wimbeldon when seeds are announced Wednesday.

"Our ratings on NBC, the day she played [against Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open last month], were 50 per cent more than it was a year ago".

Williams was the top-ranked women's player in the world and had just won the Australian Open when she took a break from the sport while pregnant a year ago. That's me coming from a different viewpoint'.

As a 23-time major victor, many believe Serena deserves to be seeded regardless of her current reduced status.

"I know it's going to be so important to go back, it's going to be an awesome feeling to go on the court again and just remember a little bit the feelings from past year", Muguruza added.

To his credit, McEnroe weighed in that she deserves special consideration: "I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight". "Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second, third round?"

Meanwhile, under WTA rules a player can not be seeded at a tournament on the basis of a "protected" ranking but the policy is under review for next year, by the representatives on the WTA's player council.



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