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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

Serena Williams seeded 25th in women's draw at Wimbledon

The American seeded by the All England Club despite having a current WTA ranking of 183

Serena Williams is 25th seed at Wimbledon. Charles Platiau / Reuters
Serena Williams is 25th seed at Wimbledon. Charles Platiau / Reuters

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been seeded 25th at the tournament this year despite a world ranking of 183.

The All England Club referee announced the seedings on Wednesday after the committee met a day earlier to discuss whether to bump the 36-year-old up.

Williams, a record 23-times grand slam champion, will be returning to the All England Club for the first time since giving birth to her daughter last September.

She missed the 2017 championships having won the title the year before and she is a seven-time champion at SW19.

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The result of her being placed among the top 32 seeds in the draw is that No 32 seed Dominika Cibulkova will not be seeded.

The Slovakian had protested on Tuesday about the possibility of Williams being seeded.

I don't think it's the right thing to do," the 29 year old had told reporters.

"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."

Wimbledon begins on Monday, with the third major of the tennis season running until July 15.