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Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious

Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious

Wimbledon officials have given seven-time champion Serena Williams the No. 25 seed for its 2018 tournament, a decision that acknowledges her exemplary record on grass and, unlike last month's French Open, will not excessively penalize her for a 13-month maternity leave.

French Open champion Simona Halep is seeded one with Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, former Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza, US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina making up the top five. Wimbledon usually follows the latest rankings but can make a change if "necessary to produce a balanced draw".

There's been a big debate about whether Serena should be seeded at the four Grand Slam tournaments - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Several current and former players (men and women alike) argued that to force a top player to start at the bottom, without a seed, after having a baby punishes them, in effect, for motherhood. 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.

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

Novak Djokovic is No. 12, Britain's Kyle Edmund is seeded No. 22 and French Open surprise Marco Cecchinato is No. 31.

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The BBC's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller says Cibulkova will not be the only one enraged by the decision.

Wimbledon made Williams the 25th seed, which comes at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova, who was ranked 32nd and therefore didn't get seeded at all to make room for Williams.

"I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded".

"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now". I have tried and I should be seeded.

"I think it's now right that WTA offers a protected ranking".

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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