Former world number one and 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams will not be seeded for next week’s French Open in Paris, according to the organizers.
The 36-year-old was absent from the game for a year and upon her return from maternity leave in March, hasn’t really done well, competitively. She crashed out early at Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
The American also pulled out of the clay court events in Madrid and Rome and as a result her world ranking has plummeted to number 453.
And the organizers have stated that the women’s seed will be based on the WTA rankings.
“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.
“Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week’s world ranking,” the organisers added.
Williams however, can compete at Roland Garros under the WTA’s special ranking rule, which allows players returning from a long spells out to use their ranking at the start of their absence.
Serena Williams, a three-time French Open champion, will also seek to become only the fourth player in history to win a Grand Slam title after returning from maternity leave.