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Not seeding Serena in Paris wrong, says Evert

26 May, 2018, 13:24 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Serena Williams training at Roland Garros on Sunday

The organizers of the French Open announced on Monday that they would not seed Serena Williams even though Williams was ranked No.1 when she left the tour on maternity leave in January 2017.

"This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking", the French Tennis Federation told The Associated Press.

Serena Williams will nearly certainly be seeded at this year's Wimbledon championships despite being snubbed by French Open organisers, the All England Club confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

As a result of her absence, Williams has dropped to 453rd, and she was only able to play in Paris because the WTA does have a "Special Ranking Rule" allowing players who were on maternity leave or had lengthy injury recoveries to use their previous rankings to enter up to eight tournaments within a year of their returns.

She then stepped off tour to give birth to her daughter in September and has since played just four times this year and not at all since March.

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"She was number one so she deserves seeding."

"If a woman takes 12 months maternity leave in a workplace, the law allows her to return to the same position", she said.

Despite all of the success she's achieved in her career, Halep is still in search of her first major, which adds extra pressure to a tournament that has plenty of title contenders.

The rising star has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, but he will be the second seed in Paris after winning his second Masters title on clay in Madrid, where he beat Nadal's conqueror Dominic Thiem in the final.

"They (the French players) can't analyse, they let it go more mentally than physically".

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"It's normal to give birth", Halep said, via The Washington Post's Des Bieler. Having suffered a pulmonary embolism in 2011, she recognized similar symptoms the next day and alerted doctors at her hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"Not just for her but for the other women who could play her in the first round".

Maria Sharapova is back in the top 30 and guaranteed a seeded place when the 2018 French Open starts on Sunday.

'Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking'. Nike states that the clean black and white color combination is a nod "to the greatest athlete of all time's quest to continue to rewrite the history books when it comes to defining sport dominance". But I feel like I always had a chance, and they kind of slip away, all the matches somehow, so even if it's a little bit disappointing, I feel like I was there and I had my chances.

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