Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon

Queen of Centre Court Serena Williams in action at Wimbledon on her last appearance in 2016

Queen of Centre Court Serena Williams in action at Wimbledon on her last appearance in 2016

As Wimbledon approached, she petitioned for the All England Club to take maternity leave into account.

It was indeed incredibly hard for the athlete after her daughter was born via emergency C-section: She was bedridden for the first six weeks of little Alexis Olympia's life after suffering from a hematoma and blood clots in her lungs, and as recently as last month, she was still coping with postpartum depression.

It reserves the right to change the women's seedings to "produce a balanced draw" and Williams, whose protected ranking does not guarantee a seeding, clearly is a special case.

With a seed, Williams is protected from facing an elite player in the early rounds.

"Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female - in fact, four times more frequently than her peers".

Former world No 1 Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon after missing last year's tournament, while reigning champion Garbine Muguruza bids to retain the Venus Rosewater Dish. They are followed by Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

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Carlos Sanchez returned to Los Cafeteros after sitting a one-match suspension of a red card just three minutes into the opener. Rodriguez returned to the team bench in the second half, in time to see Mina's header that gave Colombia the lead.

Kyle Edmund, the British number one, is seeded for the first time at number 22, having reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Wimbledon made Williams the 25th seed, which comes at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova, who was ranked 32nd and therefore didn't get seeded at all to make room for Williams. The Slovakian would have taken the last seeded spot but instead goes into the open draw. And she doesn't care what anyone else says - but in a positive, not a negative, way.

"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now".

Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round. He is set to play Edmund in Eastbourne later on Wednesday. I think that's good. "But I think this is a little bit of a different story". "So I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day".

Serena Williams has been handed an easy ride at the start of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships- and one of her tennis rivals will be furious. "So I think that's why".

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