Cibulkova: 'It's not fair that Serena Williams gets seeded at Wimbledon'

Serena Williams has dropped to 183rd in the world after taking a year off to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia

The 36-year-old is now 183rd in the rankings but has called for players returning from pregnancy to have protected seedings.

The decision by the All England Club committee means Williams, victor in 2016 but absent a year ago because of pregnancy, will avoid big names until at least the third round.

American Serena Williams has 23 major titles, including seven titles in south-west London.

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

Wimbledon will release the draw on Friday.

Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments have leeway to stray from strictly following the WTA and ATP rankings when determining seedings.

The men's seeds show a few tweaks from the ATP rankings with Wimbledon using a formula created to take into account results on grasscourts.

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At 17 after her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open. In turn, top players - such as defending champion Sabine Muguruza, French Open champion Simona Halep and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens - are protected against facing Williams in an early round. "Every player has a unique path with both planned and unexpected life events that impact their careers." said Simon.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

Williams won Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's tournament as she was pregnant.

Former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova has hit out at Wimbledon organisers who gave the final seeding spot at the tournament to Serena Williams. "For her, specifically, yeah, I'd seed Serena".

"I don't think that you should have a protected ranking if you have a baby because it's your choice to have that baby", Watson said. She will not only compete in at least singles action at the All England Club as of next week; she's already playing cover model for two publications, the United Kingdom edition's July issue of Harper's Bazaar and the August book of InStyle magazine. Only two unseeded men have raised the trophy at the All England Club: Boris Becker in 1985, and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

The All England Club, which runs Wimbledon, usually sticks to seeding the top 32 players.

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