According to world number one Simona Halep, Serena Williams should have been given top seeding at Indian Wells on her return from the birth of her daughter.
After spending a year off court, Serena has no official ranking which means she cannot be seeded for WTA events. In 12 months, she can gain entry to eight tournaments including two Grand Slams – with her protected world number one ranking.
Halep said she thought Williams “should have been ranked as she left. To give birth is the best thing in the world. It’s more than a sport. I think she should have been actually number one seed in this tournament because she left as number one in the world.”
Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill, tweeted during a conversation with former world number one Chris Evert that returning female tennis players “should not be penalised for giving birth by starting from zero.”
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