Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams seeded 25th

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Seven-time Wimbledon singles champion Serena Williams (Getty Images)

Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite being ranked 183rd in the world, the All England Club announced Wednesday.

The seeding committee met Tuesday to discuss whether the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion would be seeded as she works her way back up the rankings after giving birth to her first child in September.

Williams was unseeded for her major comeback at the French Open and the All England Club usually bases its seedings on the WTA rankings.

But the legendary American is among the 32 seeds at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova.

Williams, 36, has long stated that players returning from pregnancy should have protected seedings as well as rankings.

Cibulkova let her feelings be known in no uncertain terms when asked about the prospect of being unseeded for the grass-court major.

“Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?” Cibulkova asked. “It would be different if I was number six seed and they put me at number 10, you know.

“But it’s just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it’s me now. I have the right and I should be seeded and if they put her in front of me then I will just lose my spot that I am supposed to have. I don’t know if something like this ever happened before.”

Simona Halep is the top seed for the tournament in South West London, which starts next week, after staying on top of the rankings with her first major victory at Roland Garros.

Williams is seeded immediately below old foe Maria Sharapova, whom she was due to play in the fourth round in Paris before pulling out with a pectoral injury.

Defending champion Roger Federer is the top seed in the men’s draw ahead of Rafael Nadal, while Andy Murray is unseeded as he is down to 156th in the rankings following a long absence.

Murray has not yet confirmed whether he will play in his home Grand Slam, having only recently returned following hip surgery.