London - 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
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
"Having won so many Grand Slams and being No 1 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 US 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.