Serena Williams seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer No. 1

Serena Williams has dropped to 183rd in the world after taking a year off to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia

The American star, who has managed to win Wimbledon six times, hasn't featured in any Grand Slam since 2016, due to giving birth to her first child.

She has been critical of the WTA ranking system and the disadvantages it places on women who take maternity leave.

It reserves the right to change the women's seedings to "produce a balanced draw" and Williams, whose protected ranking does not guarantee a seeding, clearly is a special case.

By doing so, Williams has been afforded protection from having to face any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds.

Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round.

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday. Inside the top 10 for aces served this year, Osaka has the power from her 5-foot-11 frame to thrive on fast courts as she showed by winning the prestigious Indian Wells title in March, defeating Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep along the way.

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British No.1 Johanna Konta - who beat Halep in the 2017 quarterfinals before falling to Venus, 6-4, 6-2 - is seeded 22nd.

Defending champion Roger Federer tops the men's seeds despite Spaniard Rafael Nadal knocking him off the top spot in the rankings this week. They are followed by Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

Just last month the WTA and the French Open were in hot water when the second tennis major of the year failed to seed Williams last month. The Slovakian would have taken the last seeded spot but instead goes into the open draw.

"It's a really tough one because I'd say Serena is the exception".

'I think it's just not fair.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian may have Wednesday in a lavish ceremony two years after they first started dating, but it sounds like Williams knew it was meant to be when they first met in 2015. "I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules. You know, I've known Meghan for years, so it was good to see my friend happy", Williams said, adding that she put "a lot" of thought into what she wore for the wedding and following private reception. "But I think this is a little bit of a different story".

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