Serena Williams has made waves throughout her career as a professional tennis player. She is internationally known and has an unofficial title of being a champion at her sport. Although, after taking some time off last year to have a baby and experience motherhood, Williams will be seeded 25th during the singles draw at Wimbledon according to an announcement made this previous Wednesday. The high status regarding the player was the only notable deviation from the seeding committee, which is compiled of the host and referee of the tournament, representatives of the Lawn Tennis Association, and representatives from the All England Club.
While the seeding is considerably higher than someone who has Williams word ranking, which is 183rd in the world, it can still bring along some demanding challenges for the returning tennis player. Seed who have ranked anywhere from 25th through 32nd are demanded to face one of the top eight seeds during the third round in a highly anticipated and randomized match. Currently, the top eight players are, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Carolina Garcia, and Karolina Pliskova.
Williams Not Expected to Beat Kvitova
Many are betting that Kvitova, a well-known Wimbledon champion in both 2011 and in 2014, Is the current favourite in who is estimated to win the tournament overall. Although, Williams is a second favourite and one player that will create an interesting match. If Williams was placed at a higher seed ranking, namely at 24th, she would have been forced to face the seed players that are ranked 9th through 16th in the third round. Although the drawing for this took place on Friday morning.
The Wimbledon seeding will start the following Monday, announced following the Grand Slam event making the announcement that they will begin to adopt more measures to protect female players during the seeding process after returning to the court after a break for giving birth. Despite this, many players have been on the fence if they truly believed that Williams deserved a place during the seeding process. This is accompanied by another pressing issue in the tennis world if pregnant players should have special accommodations when they step aside. Due to Williams taking time off she was dropped in her world ranking while also losing her first two tournaments. Although, at the French Open last month she played with her heart but sadly had to redraw from the tournament due to an injury she received.
While Williams will be forced to face a new challenge, if she wins or loses will be up in the air as the competition is fierce. Despite that, many players have voiced their opposition to her playing as they do not see it as far. Although, the committee has spoken out about their choice to seed Williams and expressed that the decision came from the committee wanting to create more balance as Williams has won Wimbledon in both 2015 and 2016 after her seed was adjusted.