All Grand Slam events make their own decisions on seeding players, so it's still possible that Roland Garros will make Williams one of the 32 seeded players even though her current ranking is down to near No. 500.
A year after making her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in Paris, Graf went a few steps further in 1987, when she won her first career Grand Slam title.
Semifinal. e. Evert won 15 of her 18 major championships in that span, including five of her seven French Open trophies.
Unlike the men's seedings which use the ATP rankings in conjunction with a formula based on results on grasscourts, the women's seedings can be tweaked on the agreement of a committee. It's about protecting the field too.
French Open organisers announced on Monday they will not give Williams a seeding.
He is the Austrian who ended Nadal's 21-match winning streak on clay at the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open - Nadal's first loss on clay since defeat by Thiem at the Italian Open previous year.
"Tennis is such a selfish sport, but I think when there's a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there's something that's so much more important". The World Tennis Officials will have to change the rule in 2019 to avoid another situation like Serena's.
"It's not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game", Blake said.
Williams was at last week's royal wedding.
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"It is one of the inherent disadvantages built into child bearing".
But it does not guarantee them a seeding, leaving Serena vulnerable to an encounter with leading title contenders as early as the first round.
She is now ranked 453.
The world No.1 is the bookmakers' favorite, tops the WTA Insider Clay Court Power Rankings and has a 9-3 win-loss record on the surface in 2018.
"Women after giving birth are often/usually stronger, psychologically as well as physically, than before", she said. The WTA has a "special ranking" rule that allows players who have gone on maternity leave to preserve their entry into tournaments, but not their world ranking.
However, being seeded gives a player a number of advantages.
Williams won the French Open most recently in 2015. And that's not what some of these players want to do for obvious reasons. "We remain committed to evolving with the needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from maternity leave to the tour". The #WTA should change this rule immediately.
"I don't think we would be talking about this if it wasn't Serena", she said.