June 26, 2018 / 7:33 AM / 3 months ago

Wozniacki calls for Serena seeding at Wimbledon

(Reuters) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has called for 23-times Grand slam winner Serena Williams to be seeded at next month’s Wimbledon Championships ahead of the All England Club’s meeting on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO - Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 4, 2018 Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts during her fourth round match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Williams, a seven-time winner of the Wimbledon singles title, could miss out on being named as one of the 32 seeds after she took maternity leave for the birth of her first child. The American, now ranked 181st, was unseeded at the French Open.

“She’s (Serena Williams) the greatest player to ever play the sport,” Denmark’s Wozniacki told reporters after her straight sets victory over Italian Camila Giorgi at the Eastbourne championships on Monday.

“Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding.”

Grand Slam events generally award seedings based on rankings, which are not protected for injury or pregnancy in the WTA.

However, the U.S. Open will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy, United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams said earlier this month. [nL4N1TP08C]

Reporting by Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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