Has Sloane Stephens taken American tennis' baton from Serena Williams?

Has Sloane Stephens taken American tennis' baton from Serena Williams?

Has Sloane Stephens taken American tennis' baton from Serena Williams?

The former world No 1 is now ranked 183rd and was unseeded at the French Open, meaning she faced a hard route through the competition.

Serena Williams will likely make her latest comeback at Wimbledon.

To his credit, McEnroe weighed in that she deserves special consideration: "I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight".

"I just don't think it's right to think that way". She can be given a seeding but it depends on tournament organizers who traditionally go by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings and Williams is now ranked at 183. "You can't play a sport without being physically ready".

The US Open is set to become the first grand slam tennis tournament to update their seeding policy to take into account players returning post-pregnancy.

Williams has not officially been added to the Wimbledon draw just yet, but is in London ahead of the decision on Tuesday. "I would not want to be the No. 32 player in the world who has worked hard in the past year to obtain this ranking".

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Tennis legend John McEnroe also showed his support to Williams, despite the duo's differences a year ago due to a spat over whether she could defeat a player on the men's circuit.

Serena Williams is one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis. She entered unseeded after the birth of her daughter in September.

'Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second or third round?

"You know, I think it's great".

'Forget the fact that she has won 23 majors and what she brings to the table. "But I realized everyone is different, everyone reacts differently. I don't think I would've won if I was not pregnant", she said. She had a deep run at the French Open, but given that clay is her favorite surface and given her struggles on faster surfaces this year, I'd give Muguruza a pass. Because, to be honest, I feel pressure to be Serena.

In a way, she has already done so. "It was weird", Williams said, reflecting on her pregnancy.

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