US Open will consider pregnancy in seedings

Double celebraton Serena Williams with the 2016 Wimbledon singles and doubles trophies

Double celebraton Serena Williams with the 2016 Wimbledon singles and doubles trophies

The U.S. Open, the second biggest tournament of the tennis year, will no longer penalize players whose rankings have tumbled because of maternity leave, starting with this year's tournament in August. 'No offence. You're talking about Serena Williams.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova occupies the 32nd seed spot and the former world No. 4 may well find herself dropping out.

Wimbledon officials take other factors into consideration and have the leeway to grant her a seeded place when the list is announced on Wednesday. Upon returning to the women's field in the summer, the three-time French Open victor slid to No. 453 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings, with the French Tennis Federation denying her a seeding.

That's me coming from a different viewpoint.' McEnroe added that Serena's colleagues would not be opposed to it: 'I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight.

There's been a deliberation if Williams, who has triumphed seven times at the All England Club, should get a seeding or not as her ranking has dropped to No. 183 in the world.

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"Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding".

"'I'd put her somewhere between 1 and 10, 1 and 16 at the worst", John McEnroe said to the Daily Mail.

"I know it's going to be so important to go back, it's going to be an unbelievable feeling to go on the court again and just remember a little bit the feelings from previous year", Muguruza added.

As a 23-time major victor, many believe Serena deserves to be seeded regardless of her current reduced status. Nor should they, in my opinion'. The organization has since said it would reconsider its position-but in the meantime, the U.S. Open has taken measures to move the needle forward on this issue by creating a special protection on seedings for women who return to the sport post-pregnancy.

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