Tim Henman makes big revelation about Serena Williams

Virginia Santiago
June 28, 2018

There's been a big debate about whether Serena should be seeded at the four Grand Slam tournaments - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. That's why, for example, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's success on grass courts was taken into account when the All England Club bumped him up a spot to No. 1 on Wednesday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2.

Williams, victor of 23 Grand Slam titles during her career and a seven-time women's singles champ at the All England Club, took maternity leave for the birth of her first child. "I don't think it's the right thing to do".

The All England Club, which runs Wimbledon, usually sticks to seeding the top 32 players.

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The US Open Grand Slam in NY has said it will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy.

The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is now ranked 183rd.

The 31-year-old - who spent almost 11 months off the court due to a hip injury and then a subsequent operation - has not yet committed himself to play at Wimbledon and is due to play compatriot Kyle Edmund at Eastbourne later Wednesday.

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We've just got to accept whatever decisions are given by the referee on the field or the VAR officials. So, we're not going to be wildly different to that", he said.

It has. Wimbledon has precedence for tweaking the seeding of several players, Williams among them.

No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship. The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday.

In the run-up to Wimbledon, Caroline Wozniacki advocated expressly for Williams, calling on tournament officials to award her a seed. Venus Williams is No. 9, Australia's Ashleigh Barty is No. 17, home favorite Jo Konta is No. 22 and Maria Sharapova is seeded 24th, one place ahead of Serena Williams. "Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding". That, in turn, makes seeding-decisions tricky, as any tournament's seeds should reflect players' ability at the time. Her daughter was delivered by an emergency C-section on September 1.

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