Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams confirmed as 25th seed despite being outside top 32 in rankings


The seven-time champion has been seeded at the expense of Dominika Cibulkova

Serena Williams has been confirmed as the 25th seed for this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is 183rd in the WTA Tour standings having only recently made her return to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September.

Serena Williams reached the last 16 of the French Open

Serena Williams reached the last 16 of the French Open

The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list, but under the tournament rules can make a change if deemed “necessary to produce a balanced draw”.

And they have decided to make Williams, a seven-time winner at Wimbledon, one of their 32 seeds.

The American’s inclusion means world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova has missed out on a seeding.

Serena Williams has won Wimbledon seven times

Serena Williams has won Wimbledon seven times

Earlier this week, Cibulkova said it would not be fair for Williams to be seeded at her expense.

“I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” said the Slovakian.

“I think it’s just not fair. I have tried and I should be seeded. If they put her in front of me then I will lose my spot that I am supposed to have.”

French Open champion and world number one Simona Halep is the women’s top seed, with last year’s champion Garbine Muguruza third.

British number one Johanna Konta is the 22nd seed, while Maria Sharapova is number 24.

In the men’s draw, the grass-court Wimbledon formula sees Roger Federer, looking for an eighth singles crown, confirmed as top seed ahead of world number one Rafael Nadal, the French Open champion.

Kyle Edmund, the British number one, is seeded for the first time at number 22, having reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Former champion Andy Murray, however, misses out on a seeding as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

He is set to play Edmund in Eastbourne later on Wednesday.

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