Wimbledon 2018 seeds: Halep top, Serena 25th

Wimbledon 2018 seeds: Halep top, Serena 25th

Wimbledon 2018 seeds: Halep top, Serena 25th

In the run-up to Wimbledon, Caroline Wozniacki advocated expressly for Williams, calling on tournament officials to award her a seed.

It was indeed incredibly hard for the athlete after her daughter was born via emergency C-section: She was bedridden for the first six weeks of little Alexis Olympia's life after suffering from a hematoma and blood clots in her lungs, and as recently as last month, she was still coping with postpartum depression.

Aside from the All England Club's placing of Williams, the women's seedings align with the rankings.

Serena Williams was seeded No. 25 for her return to Wimbledon after having a baby, a decision by the All England Club announced Wednesday that elevates the tournament's seven-time champion above her ranking of 183rd.

The American star, who has managed to win Wimbledon six times, hasn't featured in any Grand Slam since 2016, due to giving birth to her first child.

Cibulkova, who has reached the tournament's quarterfinals twice, can now be selected to face anyone from the main draw in the first round.

Speaking to InStyle's Laura Brown, the 36-year-old says that the top most badass thing she has done is winning the Australian Open while pregnant.

"There are many perspectives to consider and there are divided views".

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday.

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is seeking an eighth singles title at Wimbledon, leads the men's draw, ahead of second-seeded Rafael Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 in the world. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all [laughs]. At that point, most analysts said Williams had improved at each stage but had not reclaimed her peak form.

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"

Serena Williams has been handed an easy ride at the start of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships- and one of her tennis rivals will be furious.

Players and retired greats have been split on whether returning mothers should be promtoed, with the world No.32 Dominika Cibulkova - the woman who has now lost her place as a seed - this week declaring she was against it.

"I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day".

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