Serena Williams was unseeded at the French Open last month due to an extended absence for the birth of her first child but she is not likely to face the same problem at the US Open.

The Flushing Meadows grand slam will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy, according to United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams.

“It’s the right thing to do for these mothers that are coming back,” Adams told the New York Times in a telephone interview on Friday.

Williams, who was ranked No. 1 in the world when she ceased playing after winning the 2017 Australian Open, is now ranked 183.

She gave birth to her daughter Alexis in September and returned to play in March at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Grand Slam events generally award seedings based on rankings, which are not protected for injuries or pregnancy in the WTA.

 

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