While Williams has previously held the world number 1 rank, she is now 183rd - a result of playing just three professional events in the past year due to her recent pregnancy.
The seven-time champion, who missed last year's event while pregnant, has played only three tournaments in the past 12 months but has been handed a favorable seed by Wimbledon organizers.
One effect of Williams' being seeded at the All England Club: The 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist and the 2014 Australian Open runner-up, will not benefit from a seeding and could play anyone in the field in the first round. They are followed by Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro. She pulled out of that tournament in the fourth round because of an injury.
Williams is now ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September 2017. In turn, top players - such as defending champion Sabine Muguruza, French Open champion Simona Halep and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens - are protected against facing Williams in an early round.
Britain's Jo Konta is seeded #22.
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"I was a former number four, and it's also like why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"
"I think it's now right that WTA offers a protected ranking. So I think that's why". "Maybe not in time for me, but for the next person", she said. That's why, for example, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's success on grass courts was taken into account when the All England Club bumped him up a spot to No. 1 on Wednesday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2. I have tried and I should be seeded.
"But it's just not fair if there is a player [who misses out] and it's me now".
In an interview with Good Morning America published on Tuesday, Serena, however, outlined her belief that the rules should be changed to reflect women's right to return to tennis as a job at the same level that they left, as in other walks of life.