Serena Williams welcomes WTA rule change to protect new mothers
Serena Williams believes the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) decision to give greater ranking protection for new mothers is a “great rule change”.
On the back of Williams and fellow former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka’s return to competitive tennis after giving birth in recent years, the WTA has tweaked its rulebook.
Under the new rule, returning mothers or players coming back from injury can use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year period.
Players will enter tournaments as an “additional seed”, which means they won’t face a seed in the opening round. However, that doesn’t mean it’s bad news for seeded players as they won’t get demoted under the new rule.
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“I think it’s great,” Williams said. “Women that are younger can go out there and have kids and not have to worry about it and not have to wait ’til the twilight of their years to have children and I think it’s a really great rule.
“I think having gone through the experience myself really opened my eyes up to me and, ‘Would I have done it sooner had there been different rule changes?’ I don’t know. But now that there is an opportunity, people don’t have to ask that question anymore.
“I think it’s a great rule change. I think it is a lot. But I feel like it’s just something that’s always going to be there and be special and I’m happy that they did it.”
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