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Roland Garros: Serena Williams “Sanctioned” for Her Long Maternity Leave

After more than a year of absence from maternity leave, world tennis star Serena Williams has made her big comeback on the playing fields. Taking part in the Grand Slam with the Roland-Garros tournament, Serena Williams will not have the right to preferential treatment. The American press does not hide its dissatisfaction with the player.

His long absence has earned him the loss of more than 450 places in the world rankings. Serena Williams is currently in 453rd place. A position of the American that gives the impression that it would have been indirectly sanctioned in the tournament of Roland-Garros.

Yet, on paper, it is simply an application of the regulations. The seed of the tournament is determined solely by the WTA ranking. A situation with serious consequences for the player who could face the best world in the first round. If she had been seeded then she would have had some protection.

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What the player’s fans mostly want is a special treat for the latter because Serena Williams is often considered one of the best in the history of women’s tennis.

It was in early September 2017 that the American gave birth to a little girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Having spent more than a year without playing, she returned without ranking. And its still average results did not allow him to really progress in the world rankings.

What is still positive is that Serena Williams will not need to play the qualifications, she received a special invitation. She has also benefited from the support of several other players, including current World No.1 Simona Halep of Romania.

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