Kvitova not in favour of Serena seeding

Not seeding Serena in wrong — Evert

Not seeding Serena in wrong — Evert

There was a time when the title of Number One in the Female Tennis game was synonymous with Serena Williams, then she took some maternity leave and disappeared from the sport for a while and now she's off her perch and finds herself in the unfamiliar position of No. 454 in the world ranking.

Williams has already benefited from this rule in the past as in 2011 she was ranked 25th before the start of Wimbledon but seeded seventh for the championships.

French Open organizers told the Associated Press on Monday that they would not be giving the three-time Roland Garros champion a seeding exemption.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) confirmed on Tuesday that its seedings would be based on the latest WTA rankings.

While Williams, 36, can enter Roland Garros under the WTA's protected or "special" ranking rule, it's up to grand slam organisers to seed her.

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There's a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not. "I merely wanted him to be seen in a respectable light". It was alleged he then staged photos of himself looking at images of Prince Harry and his daughter on a public computer.

Serena had a tough time giving birth. "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally", she said.

Tipped as one of the few men in the draw capable of beating Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros this year, rising South Korean talent Chung Hyeon was forced to pull out of the French Open with an ankle injury Wednesday. "The idea that players should have to choose between having a family and having a career is as antiquated as wooden rackets", she wrote. Another familiar face back in the draw: Victoria Azarenka, who gave birth to a son past year. Complications from the delivery included blood clots in Williams' lungs and six weeks of bed rest - yet she still made a triumphant comeback in March, nabbing her first post-baby win at the Indian Wells Masters in California on International Women's Day. If you are forced out for a specific reason, whether it be maternity or injury, you need to be protected.

"If a woman takes 12 months maternity leave in a workplace, the law allows her to return to the same position", she said. But she'll try for her 24th Grand Slam as an unseeded competitor.

"So my personal view is that it is unfair that she has not been seeded".

Stephens is more of a power player and often left frustrated on clay, even though her biography on the WTA's website says the dirt is her favourite surface. Williams tweeted that, for the second time in a week, she was being asked to produce a sample for an anti-doping test. But I feel like I always had a chance, and they kind of slip away, all the matches somehow, so even if it's a little bit disappointing, I feel like I was there and I had my chances.

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