Languishing in 183rd in the rankings after giving birth to her first child past year, Williams was not guaranteed to be seeded at the grass-court major given she is outside the top 32.
With Wimbledon officials indicating that they expected to seed Williams, the player most impacted by that decision - 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, who would be bumped from the seeding as a result - spoke out against it Tuesday night.
The All England Club usually follows the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, but it does have the right to make alterations in the interest of producing a "balanced draw".
By doing so, Williams has been afforded protection from having to face any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds. "Since [her daughter Alexis Olympia] was born, I haven't been apart from her for more than a day", Williams said, adding that she wakes up at either 2 a.m. or 4 a.m.to feed her child.
The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday.
Simona Halep tops the women's seedings.
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Two-time champion Andy Murray, who was world No. 1 ahead of the 2017 Championships, remains unseeded as he continues his comeback from a hip injury.
US Open champion Sloane Stephens is the highest American player, seeded fourth; and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is seeded second. "Every day that passed I thought, 'This is a dream, '" she said.
'I think it's just not fair.
Cibulkova, who has reached the tournament's quarterfinals twice, can now be selected to face anyone from the main draw in the first round. He is set to play Edmund in Eastbourne later on Wednesday.
"I think it's now right that WTA offers a protected ranking". "You know, I've known Meghan [Markle] for two years so it was good to see my friend happy". "But I think this is a little bit of a different story". I have the right and I should be seeded and if they put her in front of me then I will just lose my spot that I am supposed to have.
Serena Williams has been handed an easy ride at the start of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships- and one of her tennis rivals will be furious.