Serena Williams 25th seed for Wimbledon despite being outside top 32 in rankings

Serena Williams
Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open in June because of injury
Wimbledon 2018
Venue: All England Club Dates: 2-15 July Starts: 11:30 BST
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Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is the 25th seed for this year's tournament, despite being outside the top 32 in the rankings.

The 36-year-old American is continuing her return to action after giving birth to her first child in September.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, has played only three tournaments in the past 12 months and is ranked 183rd in the world.

Slovakia's world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova has not been seeded.

On Tuesday, Cibulkova said it would not be fair for Williams to be seeded ahead of her.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do," said the 29-year-old. "I think it's just not fair. I have tried and I should be seeded. If they put her in front of me then I will lose my spot that I am supposed to have."

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Serena Williams deserves to be seeded

Simona Halep is the top seed, with Roger Federer her counterpart in the men's draw.

Federer is seeded a place higher than his world ranking, with world number one Rafael Nadal the second seed.

With the exception of Williams, all of the women are seeded in line with their WTA ranking.

Williams is seeded one place lower than Maria Sharapova, who she was due to meet in the fourth round of the French Open before pulling out because of injury. Her sister Venus is the ninth seed.

British number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund - the latter of whom is the world number 18 - are seeded 22nd in their respective draws.

Because of different rules in the two draws, Andy Murray cannot be seeded as he sits outside the top 32 in the rankings.

Britain's three-time Grand Slam champion is returning from a hip injury.

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Murray beats Wawrinka to win for the first time in a year

How do the seedings work?

The Wimbledon seedings for the men are determined by the ATP ranking list of the top 32 players, but can be rearranged based on an individual's grass-court record.

Ranking points are counted from competition in the two years running up to the tournament.

For the women's game, the seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, but the All England Club reserves the right to make a change if it "is necessary to produce a balanced draw". In 2017, no changes were made.

'Decision will not be universally popular' - analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Williams will not have to face another seeded player before the third round, but at that stage should expect to run into one of the top eight in the world. So the protection a seeding offers her will be limited.

Cibulkova's view that the decision is unfair is shared - both privately and publicly - by very many WTA players, so the All England Club's decision will not be universally popular.

But the committee clearly feel Williams is a unique case: an extraordinary champion who has only been able to play three events in the past year after giving birth to her first child in September.

As well as Nadal and Federer switching places at the top of the rankings, Marin Cilic moves up to number three and Novak Djokovic is up five to 12.

Milos Raonic is this week's highest climber - up from 32 to 13.

Wimbledon 2018 seedings
Men's singlesWomen's singles
1. Roger Federer1. Simona Halep
2. Rafael Nadal2. Caroline Wozniacki
3. Marin Cilic3. Garbine Muguruza
4. Alexander Zverev4. Sloane Stephens
5. Juan Martin del Potro5. Elina Svitolina
6. Grigor Dimitrov6. Caroline Garcia
7. Dominic Thiem7. Karolina Pliskova
8. Kevin Anderson8. Petra Kvitova
9. John Isner9. Venus Williams
10. David Goffin10. Madison Keys
11. Sam Querrey11. Angelique Kerber
12. Novak Djokovic12. Jelena Ostapenko
13. Milos Raonic13. Julia Goerges
14. Roberto Bautista Agut14. Daria Kasatkina
15. Diego Schwartzman15. Elise Mertens
16. Nick Kyrgios16. Coco Vandeweghe
17. Borna Coric17. Ashleigh Barty
18. Lucas Pouille18. Naomi Osaka
19. Jack Sock19. Magdalena Rybarikova
20. Fabio Fognini20. Kiki Bertens
21. Pablo Carreno Busta21. Anastasija Sevastova
22. Kyle Edmund22. Johanna Konta
23. Adrian Mannarino23. Barbora Strycova
24. Richard Gasquet24. Maria Sharapova
25. Kei Nishikori25. Serena Williams
26. Hyeon Chung26. Daria Gavrilova
27. Philipp Kohlschreiber27. Carla Suarez Navarro
28. Denis Shapovalov28. Anett Kontaveit
29. Damir Dzumhur29. Mihaela Buzarnescu
30. Filip Krajinovic30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
31. Marco Cecchinato31. Shuai Zhang
32. Fernando Verdasco32. Agnieszka Radwanksa

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