‘The rest of the field is more concerned…’ – As Andre Agassi openly defended preferential treatment for Serena Williams at Wimbledon

As early as 2018, Serena Williams returned to the tennis court for the first time as a mother. Her long absence saw her slip to WTA rank 183. However, the 23-time Grand Slam winner still finished 25th at the Wimbledon Championships that year. Under the new WTA rule, for women returning from maternity leave, only their tournament status is protected – not their actual seed and placement in a tournament.

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It became a major topic of conversation. People also questioned whether it’s fair for players to lose their ranks due to maternity leave. Former tennis star Andre Agassi made a similar statement.

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Agassi responds to Serena Williams’ ranking debate

The eight-time Grand Slam champion avoided commenting on maternity leave, sticking to the point that ranking will make it no different for a player in the tournament. “This is a decision made with full consideration of many considerations. I can say one thing for you that I hope you will agree with. She’s here to win. What she bets will not decide if she wins this event.” Agassi said.

He further added, “Are you getting an easier draw? Maybe a round or two, but I have news for you. The rest of the field is more worried about her not being seeded than she is.”

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Later, serena had a good tournament indeed when she made it to the finals. However, the 23-time Grand Slam champion went down in straight sets Angelica Kerber.

Serena has no Grand Slam titles as a mother

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Serena Williams showed her courage and determination with an extraordinary performance at the 2017 Australian Open. The former world number one defeated her pregnant sister Venus Williams in the final. She had assured her fans that the legend would definitely make a strong comeback after the birth. After that, however, Serena never won a Grand Slam title again.

Tennis – US Open – Flushing Meadows, New York, United States – September 2, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The American still had it all when she made her comeback in 2018. She reached the finals of the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open, but failed at the last hurdle. She continued to play well but failed in the crucial games.

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The 41-year-old ended her career this year after a third-round loss at the US Open. What is your favorite Serena Williams memory? Let us know in the comments.

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