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Serena Williams will be seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon for this year's Grand Slam event in London, it was announced Wednesday.

No player has dominated women's tennis like Williams, 36, who holds a record 23 Grand Slam titles.

"Unfortunately, in the '90s they changed the rule whereas if you were injured [and] then you come back, you lose your seeding", she said.

The grand slam victor recently opened up to Vogue magazine about suffering serious health scares shortly after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all [laughs]. That is OK. I have a good excuse for the very first time, ' she told the magazine. However, the All England Club can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw".

Languishing in 183rd in the rankings after giving birth to her first child past year, Williams was not guaranteed to be seeded at the grass-court major given she is outside the top 32.

Indeed, Williams has played just three tournaments in the past 12 months and doubts remain over whether she will be seeded for this year's tournament.

One of Britain's leading tennis players, Heather Watson, says mothers should not be granted a protected ranking at Wimbledon because pregnancy "is more of a choice than injury". The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday. "If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is". Venus Williams is No. 9, Australia's Ashleigh Barty is No. 17, home favorite Jo Konta is No. 22 and Maria Sharapova is seeded 24th, one place ahead of Serena Williams.

Roger Federer is the top-seeded player in the men's tournament, followed by Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

Williams lands on InStyle's cover as the face of its first-ever Bad Ass Women issue. "Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"

"Why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?" asked Cibulkova after losing to Angelique Kerber at Eastbourne. "But I think this is a little bit of a different story".


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