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French Open organizers will not give Serena Williams a seeding.

The 36-year-old Williams, victor of 23 Grand Slam titles, is ranked a lowly 453rd after returning to action this year following the birth of her daughter last September.

Both Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep lobbied on Williams' behalf for her to earn a seed at the 2018 French Open. "Consequently, [the seeds] will reflect this week's world ranking".

Though Williams could have headed into the French Open under the World Tennis Association (WTA) protected or through a special ranking rule, the tournament organisers has denied to allot her a seed. Seeds now rely on rankings - and Williams, after leaving for maternity leave in January 2017, saw her No. 1 spot plummet to No. 453. She was not seeded at either tournament.

"Tennis is such a selfish sport, but I think when there's a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there's something that's so much more important".

The Tennis star also claimed on Twitter that she still gets tested twice a week for drugs and anti-doping. Not to mention short-sighted on the part of French Open officials, who risk seeing one of the world's most popular athletes make an early exit from her first major since she had her daughter because she'll face top competition right away. "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally", she said. Regardless of the obstacles, she'll be going for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, which starts Sunday after the draw is announced Thursday.

"It's wrong, they should protect players", Evert, who will be working for broadcaster ESPN during the Paris fortnight, told Reuters by telephone.

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Her ranking was protected during maternity leave, enabling her to enter the French Open.

Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or "special" ranking to be utilized for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player's absence.

On his way to triumphs in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome on his beloved clay, the 31-year-old recently set the men's record for most consecutive tennis sets won.

Despite all of the success she's achieved in her career, Halep is still in search of her first major, which adds extra pressure to a tournament that has plenty of title contenders.

"If a woman takes 12 months maternity leave in a workplace, the law allows her to return to the same position", she said.

"There are a couple of others coming around the block, but I wouldn't even name them because, in my eyes, if Rafa stays healthy, injury free, I don't see anybody taking it but him".



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