Wimbledon has announced that Serena Williams will be the number 25 seed at this year’s tournament.
The seven-time champion at SW19 has only played three tournaments since January 2017 due to her pregnancy and as it stands, there is no precedent for a protected world ranking after giving birth.
However, it has been revealed that Williams will be the 25th seed for the third Major of the year, with Simona Halep topping the standings and Great Britain’s Johanna Konta being seeded at number 22.
The 36-year-old American is continuing her return to action after giving birth to her first child in September.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, has played only three tournaments in the past 12 months and is ranked 183rd in the world.
Slovakia’s world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova has not been seeded.
On Tuesday, Cibulkova said it would not be fair for Williams to be seeded ahead of her.
“I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” said the 29-year-old. “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.”
With the exception of Williams, all of the women are seeded in line with their WTA ranking.
Williams is seeded one place lower than Maria Sharapova, who she was due to meet in the fourth round of the French Open before pulling out because of injury. Her sister Venus is the ninth seed.
British number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund – the latter of whom is the world number 18 – are seeded 22nd in their respective draws.