Officials won’t give the tennis pro -- who survived a risky, complication-ridden childbirth in September -- a seed for the French Open.
There’s no love for Serena Williams at the French Open.
Officials won’t give the tennis pro — who survived a risky, complication-ridden childbirth in September — a seed for the tournament, they announced Monday. Seeds currently rely on rankings — and Williams, after leaving for maternity leave in January 2017, saw her No. 1 spot plummet to No. 453.
“This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis Federation told the Associated Press in a statement. “Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week’s world ranking.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champ’s lack of seed means she may face top-ranked players early on in her first major tournament since delivering baby Olympia, her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian. Complications from the delivery included blood clots in Williams’ lungs and six weeks of bed rest — yet she still made a triumphant comeback in March, nabbing her first post-baby win at the Indian Wells Masters in California on International Women’s Day.