Williams has already benefited from this rule in the past as in 2011 she was ranked 25th before the start of Wimbledon but seeded seventh for the championships.
She is now training with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, at his Nice-based academy where he confidently proclaimed that his ward was capable of adding to her 23 Grand Slam titles, even though she has slipped down the ranking to a lowly 453, which means she would be unseeded at Roland Garros.
She gave birth to a daughter on September 1, then dealt with medical complications, and while she originally had hoped to be back on tour by the Australian Open this January, that did not work out.
'Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking'.
Williams, a three-time champion at the French Open, now has a tougher road to the final because there's a higher chance she'll have to play some of the game's best players early in the tournament. It's normal to have protected ranking. Maria Sharapova, a longtime rival of Williams, said last week, "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally".
Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or "special" ranking to be utilised for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player's absence.
According to the AP, the WTA is considering a rule to protect the rankings of highly ranked players when they go on maternity leave, but such a policy would not go into effect until next year.
"But right now, I'm taking a little bit at a time".
3rd Round. a. Ostapenko was the first woman in almost four decades to make a Grand Slam title the first tour-level triumph of her career.
"It's normal to give birth to a kid". "I think that would be nice".
In Wimbledon, like in all the other tournaments on the women's side, the seeding formula is authomatically given by the player's ranking.
"As always, we remain committed to reviewing the evolving needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from pregnancy to the tour". "She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded". "The rule is now under further review as part of our 2019 rules process".