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No French Open seeding for Serena Williams

No French Open seeding for Serena Williams”

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova insisted today that the French Open was right not to hand Serena Williams a special seeding for the event.

Williams, who has won 23 grand slam singles titles, is world ranked a lowly 453rd having returned this year from having a baby.

Though she has only played in two WTA tournaments since her return - winning two matches and losing two - and has not played competitively on clay since losing in the French Open final in 2016, Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou is still confident the American can clinch a fourth French Open title.

Williams was ranked number one when she left the WTA Tour previous year after winning the 2017 Australian Open to give birth.

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The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

The bottom half is anchored by second-seeded German Alexander Zverev and former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia - the last man to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros in the 2015 quarter-finals.

Some players may have not been supportive in the past of such a change to the rule, but more recently, a few prominent competitors have offered differing thoughts.

"I don't really think so", said Kvitova who was off the tour for six months past year after suffering knife wounds fighting off a burglar at her home in the Czech Republic. But she'll try for her 24th Grand Slam as an unseeded competitor. She won her first match in 14 months when she beat Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on March 8 in Indian Wells, Calif. Tennis great Maria Sharapova thinks Williams deserves seeding because it takes incredible emotional and physical effort to return to the game after giving birth.

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"She has won this title so many times (eight) that she needs protection", Miami tournament director James Blake said after the WTA refused to alter its rules despite conceding that they would be "further reviewed" going forward. " ... The time she lost after the delivery, with all the medical issues she had to go through, was missing".

A CT scan revealed blood clots in her lungs, and subsequent coughing fits ruptured the stitching from her C-section, causing hemorrhaging that was aggravated by the blood thinners she was taking. "But she didn't. She had a baby, a physically grueling experience made even more so by complications that left her bedridden for six weeks", Armour wrote.

French Open organizers announced on Monday they will not give Williams a seeding.

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