US Open to add pregnancy exception to seedings

US Open to add pregnancy exception to seedings

Williams beat seeded players in the second and third rounds of the French Open earlier this summer before being forced to withdraw from the tournament because of a pectoral injury so severe that she said she couldn't serve properly.

"It's the right thing to do for these mothers that are coming back", said Adams. However, after she won the 2017 Australian Open and went on maternity leave, there has not been a single player who has been able to take up the mantle from her.

Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon singles victor presently perched at No. 183 in the WTA Tour rankings, will find out her fate pertaining to seeding when those are announced June 26.

All eyes will be on Serena Williams when Wimbledon gets underway next week as the seven-time champion bids to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.

The ranking decision by the Woman's Tennis Association and the seeding decision by the French Open were seen as sexist in many sectors - penalizing women for starting families.

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This time, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has to set up with the right formation and the right players, and follow a plan. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it.

The U.S. Open will alter its seeding protocol to account for players coming back from pregnancy, The New York Times reported Saturday.

But Williams has made only a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Alexis Olympia s birth.

Current Women's Tennis Association rules don't protect the seeds of players whose rankings have slid because of missed time - whether because of injury, pregnancy or suspension. In entering the French unseeded, instead of as one of the tournament's top 32, she was at risk of facing one of the top players in the world in her opening match. The organization said it would reconsider its position after the uproar.

Each of the sport's four majors - Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US opens - has the prerogative to seed players as it sees fit to ensure a balanced tournament. The 23-time major champion didn't play professionally for over a year, causing her WTA ranking to drop to No 183.

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