Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

US Open to account for pregnancies when seeding players

US Open to account for pregnancies when seeding players

Serena Williams returns against Germany's Angelique Kerber during the women's singles final on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016.

Williams has fallen down the standings after missing a year of action while giving birth to her first child.

"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.

As for the argument that seeding Williams might be unfair to the player edged out of the top 32, McEnroe responded: "What's her name?" Nor should they, in my opinion'. Serena is one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis and has won Wimbledon seven times, but she'll likely be an unseeded wild card and it's hard to know if she's worth her odds.

Top seed Wozniacki, who won the title in 2009 and was the runner-up previous year was talking to the press after winning her opening match against Camila Giorgi (6-2 6-3).

She is now ranked at No. 183 for ladies singles matches.

The tournament's decision, first reported by the New York Times, comes on the heels of Serena Williams' seed at the French Open.

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"There was definitely pressure towards the end", said Williams, who also completed the Serena Slam in 2003.

Despite that heralding, McEnroe has sharper words for one of Wimbledon's homegrown contenders, 2017 semifinalist Johanna Konta.

While making no promises about where 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Williams might be seeded, Adams said the Open would "revise the seedings if pregnancy is a factor in the current rankings of a player". "No offence. You're talking about Serena". "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", Williams said, as per ABC.

"But they never took into account women that left No. 1" due to pregnancy, Williams added.

- Aged 20, Serena already had two Grand Slam titles under her belt, but winning her first Wimbledon crown, at the expense of her sister Venus, was her true breakthrough moment.

'I just don't think it's right to think that way.

Williams impressed at the French Open with wins over Karolina Pliskova, Ashleigh Barty and Julia Goerges before withdrawing from her round of 16 clash with old rival Maria Sharapova due to a right pectoral muscle injury affecting her serve.

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