London - Seven-time
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been seeded 25 for this year's
women's singles by the organisers despite being ranked 183 in the world.
The 36-year-old - who was not seeded for the French Open - has made
only a tentative return to action following complications during
daughter Alexis Olympia's birth last September.
Williams played her first Grand Slam for over a year at the French
Open last month, reaching the fourth round before a shoulder injury
forced her to quit ahead of her clash with old rival Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova is seeded one place above her whilst Serena's sister Venus, who lost in last year's final, is ninth seed.
By contrast Britain's two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has not
been seeded in the men's singles although he has returned to action in
the past fortnight.
The 31-year-old - who spent nearly 11 months off the court due to a
hip injury and then a subsequent operation - has not yet committed
himself to play at Wimbledon and is due to play compatriot Kyle Edmund
at Eastbourne later Wednesday.
The Wimbledon seedings for the men are determined by the ATP ranking
list of the top 32 players, but can be rearranged based on an
individual's grass-court record.
Ranking points are counted from competition in the two years running up to the tournament.
Some had argued against Williams being seeded with world number 32
Dominika Cibulkova telling the BBC it would be 'unfair' as she would be
the player to lose out as there are 32 seeds.
"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," said Cibulkova.
"I was a former number four, and it's also like why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"
The All England Club usually follows the WTA ranking list, but
reserves the right to make a change if it "is necessary to produce a
Romanian's French Open champion Simona Halep is the women's top seed,
with Swiss legend and eight time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer the
men's top seed.
Federer's two great rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - who has
also like Murray been feeling his way back into top competition after
injury and lost in the final of Queen's last Sunday - are seeded two
and 12 respectively.
The draws will be made on Friday.
Men and women singles seedings for next week's Grand Slam tournament announced by All England club on Wednesday:
1 - Roger Federer (SUI)
2 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3 - Marin Cilic (CRO)
4 - Alexander Zverev (GER)
5 - Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
6 - Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
7 - Dominic Thiem (AUT)
8 - Kevin Anderson (RSA)
9 - John Isner (USA)
10 - David Goffin (BEL)
11 - Sam Querrey (USA)
12 - Novak Djokovic (SRB)
13 - Milos Raonic (CAN)
14 - Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
15 - Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
16 - Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
17 - Borna Coric (CRO)
18 - Lucas Pouille (FRA)
19 - Jack Sock (USA)
20 - Fabio Fognini (ITA)
21 - Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
22 - Kyle Edmund (GBR)
23 - Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
24 - Richard Gasquet (FRA)
25 - Kei Nishikori (JPN)
26 - Chung Hyeon (KOR)
27 - Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
28 - Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
29 - Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
30 - Filip Krajinovic SRB)
31 - Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
32 - Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
1 - Simona Halep (ROM)
2 - Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
3 - Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
4 - Sloane Stephens (USA)
5 - Elian Svitolina (UKR)
6 - Caroline Garcia (FRA)
7 - Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
8 - Petra Kvitova (CZE)
9 - Venus Williams (USA)
10 - Madison Keys (USA)
11 - Angelique Kerber (GER)
12 - Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
13 - Julia Goerges (GER)
14 - Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
15 - Elise Mertens (BEL)
16 - Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
17 - Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
18 - Naomi Osaka (JPN)
19 - Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
20 - Kiki Bertens (NED)
21 - Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
22 - Johanna Konta (GBR)
23 - Barbora Strycova (CZE)
24 - Maria Sharapova (RUS)
25 - Serena Williams (USA)
26 - Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
27 - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
28 - Anett Kontaveit (EST)
29 - Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM)
30 - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
31 - Zhang Shuai (CHN)
32 - Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)