US Open to change seeding rules for tennis players returning after pregnancy

Serena Williams Wimbledon

GETTYSerena Williams is hoping to be seeded at Wimbledon

The American didn't drop a set in the entire tournament and Russian 21st seed Zvonareva, playing in her first Grand Slam final, was no match. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit", she said.

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

Those who might take umbrage with Williams receiving an exalted seeding despite her triple-digit ranking: current No. 8 Petra Kvitova, No. 16 CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 32 Dominika Cibulkova. Looking towards King in the Centre Court Royal Box afterwards, Williams said: "Hey Billie, I got you, it's number 13 for me".

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'Having won so many Grand Slams and being No 1 for so many years, she deserves a seeding'. "Maybe she's 25 and she wants to have a baby, but she doesn't want her career to be over".

Caroline Wozniacki believes the Wimbledon seeding committee will award Serena Williams a seeding on Wednesday. "I would not want to be the No. 32 player in the world who has worked hard in the a year ago to obtain this ranking".

John McEnroe and Serena Williams don't share the greatest of the bonds. "She's Serena Williams and she can play incredible".

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"I think she is competitive, her level and fitness is back".

Williams, made her return to the tour in March at Indian Wells and Miami, following the birth of her daughter. Because I think ten years from now I think more and more players will want to have families and then coming back.

'Out of respect to my fellow competitors and to the Wimbledon Championship I will not be able to compete in good shape and in good health and I had to take a tough decision and give my back the necessary rest and treatment for the next couple of weeks'. "I don't think I would've won if I was not pregnant", she said. 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. Because, to be honest, I feel pressure to be Serena. "It was this whole new strength that I actually never knew I had".

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