LONDON- Seven time Wimbledon winner Serena Williams has been seeded 25th and could of faced a tough challenge in her first round match, world number one Simona Halep if organizer did not seed the 23 Grand slam champion.
The decision to seed the former world one Williams, who is ranked 183 according to WTA rankings, her ranking slumped during her break because of her pregnancy and maternity leave.
The decision by the All England Club committee means Williams, winner in 2016 but was absent last year because she was pregnant, will avoid big names until at least the third round.
Halep is seeded number one, while 2017 Champion Garbine Muguruza is seeded third.
Defending champion Roger Federer is seeded number one, even though Rafael Nadal is currently world number one according to ATP rankings.
The committee met on Tuesday to discuss the heated debate about whether or not to break from WTP rankings, which is usually the criteria in seeding women’s draws and seeding Williams was top of the agenda.
They said the decision to change the women’s draw was to “produce a balanced draw” and Williams, whose current ranking does not guarantee a seeding, however the committee found that this was a special case.
Slovakian former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, is the player most disadvantaged by the decision to seed Williams, she is ranked 32nd and would have taken the last seeded spot.
Cibulkova faces the prospect of facing a top seed in the first round because of this decision, “I think it’s now right that WTA offers a protected ranking. I think that’s good. But I think this is a little bit of a different story,” she said at the Eastbourne championships.
“Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?
“I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded. It’s just because she won it many times and she’s Serena Williams. So I think that’s why.”
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