Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

US Open to account for pregnancies when seeding players

US Open to account for pregnancies when seeding players

It's a big week for Serena Williams, who finds out whether she'll be seeded at Wimbledon following her 14-month hiatus from the sport.

Williams, who gave birth to her daughter in September, was unseeded (and went on to defeat two seeded players before exiting the tournament with a pectoral injury) in part because of time she spent not competing because of her pregnancy, which she announced in April 2017.

Serena Williams celebrates victory during the ladies singles third round match against Julia Georges of Germany during day seven of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. This ruling comes after Serena Williams tumbled from No. 1 in the world to No. 454 after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, and taking a year off from tennis, which in turn affected her tourney seed at the French Open. Margaret Court, the most slam-winning player of all time, was able to add three to her already impressive 21 after a pregnancy in 1972.

Williams returned to action at the French Open.


Asked where he would rank his compatriot at Wimbledon, American legend John McEnroe said: "Somewhere between one and 10 - one and 16 at the worst".

"I don't think there would be one player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight [seeds]", McEnroe explained. Nor should they, in my opinion'. Williams will use a protected ranking to enter Wimbledon, but their seedings committee will decide this week whether she should be included among the top 32 in the draw.

"I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules. You can never underestimate a champion like her, even though she didn't play as much", Muguruza said. She's listed at +600 on the odds sheet, but she's playing well this year (having won the Birmingham Classic just last weekend) and is maybe a safer pick than some of the other favorites. I think it's encouraging.

But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major.

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