Serena Williams' return from pregnancy sparks seeding debate at Miami Open

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Still, Blake says that Williams has not complained about being unseeded and almost 490 people wanting her coveted top spot.

Serena Williams is in the same mould but also a serial champion whose talent and status in the game is unquestioned and can not be compared with anyone else. She even voiced a minor character on the animated series and its followup, Legend of Korra.

The 23-time Major victor had played her last match in the 2017 Australian Open final, then gave birth her daughter Olympia in September 2017.

It's the kind of late-night thought that only a true Avatar-head would be prepared to engage in, but lucky for Williams, one fan was standing by with an answer.

"Ok got it", she concluded. "Most people when I spoke to them about the idea said, 'It's insane".

"It's not as if she left because of injury or lost her passion for the game".

A comeback at 36 after giving birth? Only Serena can do that, says Wozniacki

The newlywed - who is an an eight-time Miami Open champion - also hit the football field, where she used a hefty-looking shovel to break the dirt along with Dolphins majority owner Stephen Ross and tournament owner Mark Shapiro. "It's more than a sport", she told reporters last week in Indian Wells, California, per The Washington Post.

"I think that's going to be a huge story, maybe the story of the year", said Roger Federer, hoping she could combine tennis and motherhood successfully.

Williams, 36, was drawn against Naomi Osaka, who lifted the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells and is often heralded as a "next big thing" in women's tennis, in the opening round of the tournament. A legend, like the 23-time Grand Slam champion, deserves more leeway and greater respect by the WTA Tour than she has been given.

Serena Williams, who is a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins, was all smiles after she helped unveil new plans for the Miami Open on Monday which will see the Hard Rock stadium converted into a 14,000-capacity tennis arena.

Blake lamented that rules didn't allow Williams to keep her seeding points and get an easier draw. She began brightly last time out in Indian Wells, but found her sister Venus, the world #8, a hurdle too high to cross at this stage of her comeback. "Now I feel it's time to start new memories and new moments". "She's a great player, and I was very sad a year ago for what happened to her at Wimbledon". "I'm getting there. It's not exactly where I want to be, but I'll get there eventually". It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. "I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey". For the women's circuit, another wave of strong performances from Serena before she walks permanently into the sunset, will be a god sent.

"Mark thought I was insane - 'What do you mean?"

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