Serena Williams: Miami Open tournament director says seeding rules should change

Latest news

    Serena Williams played in the doubles in the USA’s Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands last month – with her daughter in the crowd

    Seeding rules in women’s tennis are a “kind of punishment” for players such as Serena Williams after maternity leave and “should be changed”, says the tournament director of the Miami Open.

    James Blake, a former world number four, was speaking after Williams, 36, was drawn against Naomi Osaka in the opening round of this week’s event.

    She is unseeded after taking 13 months off to have her first child.

    “It makes sense to protect someone who goes on maternity leave,” said Blake.

    “The rules should help her get the benefit of an easier draw and a better path.

    “These kind of things shouldn’t happen. She has won this title so many times that she needs protection.

    “It’s not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game. She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded.”

    Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, has no official ranking, which means she cannot be seeded for WTA events.

    However, she can gain entry to eight tournaments in 12 months – including two Grand Slams – with her protected world number one ranking.

    Her comeback in Indian Wells at the start of the month ended in the third round against sister Venus – their earliest meeting since the second round of the Australian Open in 1998.

    An eight-time winner in Miami, she is now preparing to face 20-year-old Osaka, who won the Indian Wells title at the weekend but is not seeded either.

    Special seedings were sometimes applied to players returning from long lay-offs, but that rule was scrapped by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

    View the original article:

    In the same category are

    England v India: Joe Root hits four to bring up century and win ODI Joe Root becomes England's leading century-maker in one-day internationals as he hits a four to complete his side's eight-wicket win over India during...
    England v India: Rashid, Root & Morgan star as hosts win ODI series Rashid bowls Kohli with 'an absolute beauty'Third one-day international, HeadingleyIndia 256-8 (50 overs): Kohli 71, Willey 3-40, Rashid 3-49England ...
    Grenfell inquiry: TV images ‘influenced’ stay-put policy change Image copyright Getty Images TV news footage showing Grenfell Tower in flames led to the fire service abandoning its "stay put" advice to residents,...
    Brexit vote: Government defeats EU customs union bid The government has survived an attempt by pro-EU Conservative MPs to change its post-Brexit trade strategy.The MPs wanted the UK to join a customs u...
    Shkupi 0-0 Rangers (0-2 on aggregate) Rangers' Alfredo Morelos failed to find the net but his side eased into the next round of qualifiersRangers progressed to the Europa League second qu...
    Mandela or Obama, who is the better dancer? Barack Obama was in South Africa for the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Mr Obama shared many of Ma...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.