Serena Williams victorious: Wimbledon amends rules to grant her 25th seed

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While Williams has previously held the world number 1 rank, she is now 183rd - a result of playing just three professional events in the past year due to her recent pregnancy.

However, respecting her curriculum and her maternity absence, organisers have made a decision to provide Williams with a seeding spot. As Wimbledon approached, she petitioned for the All England Club to take maternity leave into account. And she doesn't care what anyone else says - but in a positive, not a negative, way.

Seeding is usually reserved for the 32 players with the higher ranking from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

In May, French Open officials declined to grant her a seed, touching off a debate about how the sport should treat its ranked players who return to the game following childbirth.

A matter of hours after Williams' seeding was confirmed, WTA chairman Steve Simon said the organisation is open to a rule change regarding seedings for players returning after giving birth.

There were many different opinions on whether it was right that Serena Williams would be seeded at Wimbledon.

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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.

The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday.

In the men's draw, the champion, Roger Federer, is seeded No1, despite losing the top spot in the world rankings to Rafael Nadal at the beginning of the week.

Novak Djokovic is No. 12, Britain's Kyle Edmund is seeded No. 22 and French Open surprise Marco Cecchinato is No. 31.

Unless a seed withdraws before the start Cibulkova could now potentially face Halep, or Williams, in the first round.

"I just think it's so important to enjoy the moment". "I don't know if I want to play if I have another baby, but you're right". He is set to play Edmund in Eastbourne later on Wednesday. "I have tried and I should be seeded". "Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding". "You know, I've known Meghan for years, so it was good to see my friend happy", Williams said, adding that she put "a lot" of thought into what she wore for the wedding and following private reception. "So I think that's why".