Serena Williams handed Wimbledon singles seeding as she targets eighth title

Serena Williams may retire from tennis if she gets pregnant again

It has now been confirmed that the seven-time Wimbledon champion, 36, will be seeded #25.

Typically, tournament seeding mirrors world rankings.

Williams, who holds an Open-era record of 23 Grand Slam victories, made her competitive return to the game in March at Indian Wells before an encouraging run to the French Open fourth round was ended by a right pectoral injury.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Cibulkova told the BBC before the seedings were released.

For Wimbledon, seedings generally had followed the WTA world rankings, which protects players who have been out due to injury but not those absent due to pregnancy.

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday.

The tennis great said earlier this week that pregnancy should not be penalized when it comes to tournament seeding. So French Open champion Simona Halep is No. 1, Australian Open Caroline Wozniacki is No. 2, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is No. 3, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is No. 4. British number one Johanna Konta is the 22nd seed, while Maria Sharapova is number 24.

The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is now ranked 183rd.

Defending champion Roger Federer tops the men's seeds despite Spaniard Rafael Nadal knocking him off the top spot in the rankings this week.

"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now".

Former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who is ranked No. 32 in the WTA rankings, is the player most disadvantaged by the decision to seed Serena Williams. I have tried and I should be seeded. Petra Kvitova, the two-time champ who is seeded No. 8, pulled out of her third-round match at Eastbourne on Wednesday with a hamstring problem, putting her status for Wimbledon in doubt. "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

In an interview with Good Morning America published on Tuesday, Serena, however, outlined her belief that the rules should be changed to reflect women's right to return to tennis as a job at the same level that they left, as in other walks of life.

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