Serena misses out on top seeding for French Open
Serena Williams (Reuters)
London, May 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Former Tennis World number one, Serena Williams, will not be seeded at this year’s French Open, according to the organisers of the May 27-June 10 clay court grand slam.
Williams, a three-time champion at Roland Garros, discovered she was pregnant after winning the 2017 Australian Open and following her return from maternity leave in March, the American suffered early defeats in Indian Wells and Miami.
The 36-year-old subsequently withdrew from Madrid and Rome clay court events and the 23-times grand slam champion has seen her world ranking tumble to number 453.
“Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week’s world ranking,” the organisers added.
Williams, who gave birth to daughter Alexis last September, can compete at Roland Garros under the WTA’s special ranking rule.
The rule allows players returning from a long spell out to use their ranking at the start of their absence.