Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams Receives Even More Support To Be Seeded

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams Receives Even More Support To Be Seeded

Serena Williams isn't likely to face the same seedings issue at the US Open as she did at the French Open.

The two have had their go-rounds in the press over time - see exhibits A, B and C - but with Wimbledon around the corner, John McEnroe has high praise for Serena Williams. She'll need some matches before she's totally up to speed, and unfortunately the pectoral injury denied her a few valuable matches against top players.

"I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules".

As a 23-time major victor, many believe Serena deserves to be seeded regardless of her current reduced status. "You can never underestimate a champion like her, even though she didn't play as much", Muguruza said.

Williams won Wimbledon back in 2016, marking her 22nd Grand Slam singles title.

The officials of the grass-court event take other factors into consideration and have leeway to grant Williams a seeded place.

The American did not play at the lawn competition last year as she was heavily pregnant although she remains the favourite this year in the eyes of many despite her lack of time on court.

It's well worth noting that McEnroe was fairly measured in his appraisal of where Serena Williams should land with a preferential seeding, saying, "Somewhere between one and 10 - one and 16 at the worst".

Venus Williams is not a particularly verbose woman, yet what she lacks in loquaciousness, she makes up for in succinct power phrases.

She gave birth to her daughter Alexis in September and returned to play in March at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

And Wozniacki wants them to make an exception - a decision which would also reduce the risk of her facing Williams in the early rounds.

"You know, I think it's great".

Kim Clijsters won the majority of her slam titles after her pregnancy. Because I think ten years from now I think more and more players will want to have families and then coming back. The pregnancy, the time away from the sport, and the recent injury are just enough to scare bettors into longish odds for Williams, and those concerns might be unfounded. I just felt like I have absolutely nothing to lose. But one quality she's already noticed about her new life is her strength. It's thus clear that Serena's pregnancy situation is affecting her betting odds, which might present value.

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