Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon, Kyrgios earns crucial bump

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Serena Williams will be seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon for this year's Grand Slam event in London, it was announced Wednesday.

Former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who is ranked No. 32 in the WTA rankings, is the player most disadvantaged by the decision to seed Serena Williams. I think it's just not fair.

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.

It means the 36-year-old American, victor in 2016 but absent last year because of her pregnancy, will avoid the big names until at least the third round.

"It's the right thing to do for these mothers that are coming back", said Katrina Adams, who is the United States Tennis Association president.

Serena's extraordinary achievements and pregnancy were taken into account while making her a seeded player.

While many have said Williams, who has played only seven competitive matches since giving birth to Alexis Olympia last September, should not be penalised for taking time out to start a family, others say seeding her is unfair.

"It would be different if I was No 6 seed and they put me at No 10, you know", added Cibulkova, whose own ranking peaked at No 4 in 2014. The five-time major victor looked much more like her old self at the French Open, where she made the quarter-finals. But, regardless of her current lowly ranking, if the 23-time major victor is over that fitness problem she will be a serious contender for yet another Wimbledon triumph.

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"I think if it was a different player, not her, I think she would not be seeded".

The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday.

No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship.

Even though, this seeding would provide limited cushion, Serena will feel relieved after Wimbledon's gesture.

"She [Serena Williams] is the greatest player to ever play the sport", Wozniacki told reporters during a grass-court tune-up earlier this week.

The American was due to face old foe Maria Sharapova in a mouthwatering fourth-round clash at Roland Garros before injury struck.

At 17 after her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open.