The rules for a protected ranking for both the men and women allow them to enter tournaments with it, but not use it for seeding purposes.
Generally, it’s used for those returning from injury. Obviously, maternity leave – as Serena Williams rightly points out – is not an injury.
But as Wimbledon convened its press conference Tuesday, there was some disagreement over whether the tournament would consider its 14-time champion (seven in singles) for a seeded spot.
Unlike the men, whose seeding can be switched based on a specific formula, the tournament can make changes it deems necessary, arbitrarily.