Serena Williams unseeded for French Open at first Grand Slam after giving birth

SERENA WILLIAMS won’t be seeded at the French Open as she returns after giving birth.

The three-time French Open champion, is predicted to play in her first Grand Slam since giving birth to her daughter in September.

 Serena Williams is not to be given a seeding at the French Open

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Serena Williams is to not be given a seeding at the French Open

She was No.1 when she left the tour to offer birth however is at present ranked No.453.

And event organisers introduced on Monday they won’t give Williams, 36, a seeding.

Present guidelines overlaying maternity depart and accidents permit a protected or "particular" rating for use for entry into tournaments however not for seeding functions – whatever the purpose for a participant's absence.

Williams returned to the tour briefly in March after a 14-month absence. She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, and had two wins and two losses.

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Williams gave birth in September of final yr

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Whereas Williams can enter Roland Garros underneath the WTA's protected or "particular" rating rule, it's as much as Grand Slam organisers to offer her a seed.

With no seeding, the 23-time Grand Slam champion dangers dealing with stars within the early rounds.

The WTA is contemplating a rule change so as to add protected seeding for extremely-ranked gamers coming back from maternity depart however the earliest that would take impact is subsequent yr.

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The French Tennis Federation stated ins a press release: "This yr once more, event officers will set up the record and rating of the ladies's seeds based mostly on the WTA rating

"Consequently, (the seeds) will mirror this week's world rating."

A few of Williams' largest rivals consider she deserves a seeding.

 Maria Sharapova wants to see a rule change over tennis seedings

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Maria Sharapova stated at the Italian Open final week: "I want to see that (rule) change.

"It's such an unimaginable effort for a lady to return again from bodily, emotionally. There's simply one other entire dimension to the journey, to the experiences, to the feelings to the physicality of each single day.

"Tennis is such a egocentric sport however I feel when there's a toddler in your life you lose slightly little bit of that, as a result of there's one thing that's a lot extra essential.

"So, yeah, I undoubtedly assume that may be a pleasant change."

The French Open draw might be made on Thursday, with the event beginning on Sunday.

Prime-ranked Simona Halep stated: "It's regular to offer birth. It's regular to have protected rating. It's greater than tennis.

"So the individuals will determine what seed she is going to get. However for my part it's good to guard the rating when somebody is giving birth."

SERENA WILLIAMS won’t be seeded at the French Open as she returns after giving birth.

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