By Ros Satar, in Eastbourne

  • Caroline Wozniacki believes Serena Williams will get a seeding at Wimbledon when they are confirmed on Wednesday
EASTBOURNE, UK – Caroline Wozniacki believes the Wimbledon seeding committee will award Serena Williams a seeding on Wednesday.

 

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Last year’s finalist Caroline Wozniacki believes that the Wimbledon committee will change their position on how the women’s seeds are determined, and will give Serena Williams a seed, when they announce them on Wednesday.

Top seed Wozniacki, who won the title in 2009 and was the runner-up last year was talking to the press after winning her opening match against Camila Giorgi (6-2 6-3).

She said: “I think Wimbledon will make the right choice and I think they will seed her. I think she deserves to be seeded. She’s the greatest player to ever play the sport. You know, having won so many Grand Slams and being No. 1 for so many years and doing all that, I think she deserves a seeding.

“You know, I have heard people say, yeah, well, she’s had months to come back and play, but it’s not so easy. At the same time, you know, I think she’s shown that she’s on the right track to come back, and I think she deserves, you know, to be getting a little bit of help, because she’s proven that she has been the best player for a very long time.”

Serena Williams in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Serena Williams in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Williams, made her return to the tour in March at Indian Wells and Miami, following the birth of her daughter. She then did not play any of the clay warm-ups until Roland Garros where she won her first three rounds before pulling out with a pectoral muscle injury before her fourth-round clash with Maria Sharapova.

Williams has not held back while discussing the health issues she faced immediately after the birth of her daughter, and while the cat-suit she wore at Roland Garros raised a few eyebrows, the compression nature of the suit was also functional.

Wozniacki continued: “We have protected ranking for injuries but there is no seeding, which is also different than obviously stopping for a year because of giving birth to a child, which is obviously very happy and a positive thing.

“You know, I think it’s great. I think it’s encouraging. It used to be 10 years ago people would stop at the age of 24, 25, and plenty of time to have kids afterwards and plenty of time to do everything. But now when you see players keep playing till they are 36, 37, or even longer, obviously there needs to be a change to the rule because, you know, I think it should encourage players wanting to play longer and keeping their best and keep pushing the younger generation to be playing even better and wanting to improve.

“I think it’s great, and I know that there is definitely some talks, and I’m sure that some rules are going to change in the near future about this. Because I think ten years from now I think more and more players will want to have families and then coming back. I think there should definitely be help if you want to do that, just like in a job that you have, you know, an office job.”

Wozniacki will play the winner of Aleksandra Krunic and Johanna Konta who play on Tuesday.

 

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