US Open to factor maternity leave into seedings

Serena Williams celebrates winning a third-round match at the French Open earlier this month

Serena Williams celebrates winning a third-round match at the French Open earlier this month

But weighing in on the debate whether Williams should be seeded at the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, McEnroe didn't shy away from speaking up in her favour.

As reported by the UK's Guardian: "As for the argument that seeding Williams might be unfair to the player edged out of the top 32 - which the British No. 1, Jo Konta, thinks ought to be considered - McEnroe says: 'What's her name?"

As for Sharapova, who famously inflicted one of Serena s most painful defeats in the 2004 Wimbledon final, the Russian has not played a match on grass since 2015 following her doping ban and injury previous year.

The American believes players returning from pregnancy should have protected seedings as well as protected rankings.

The officials of the grass-court event take other factors into consideration and have leeway to grant Williams a seeded place. The organization said it would reconsider its position.

Regardless, the four Grand Slams are not beholden to WTA policies in seeding their fields.

"We have top players who exemplify womanhood, becoming mothers, and are not being allowed to return following their pregnancy with a record that reflects that-Victoria Azarenka previous year, and Serena now doing the same thing", President and CEO of U.S. Tennis Association Katrina Adams told The Post on Saturday.

The institutional change, which takes effect when the tournament starts in August, follows widespread criticism of the French Open's handling of Williams' return to competitive tennis. Unfortunately for her though, she had to withdraw from her much-anticipated clash against Maria Sharapova due to a pectoral muscle injury. "I nearly didn't make it a few years ago", she said. This was one of a clutch of strangely lacklustre all-Williams finals that played a role in the public's apathy.

"Giving somebody an automatic seed is really something you need to think about". We ended up co-ranking her at No. 1 (alongside Steffi Graf) when she came back.

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