Serena Williams speaks out on new WTA rating process

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Serena Williams believes the Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation’s (WTA) determination to offer better rating safety for brand spanking new moms is a “nice rule change”.

On the again of Williams and fellow former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka’s return to aggressive tennis after giving start lately, the WTA has tweaked its rulebook.

Underneath the brand new rule, returning moms or gamers getting back from damage can use their earlier rating to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year interval.

Gamers will enter tournaments as an “further seed”, which implies they received’t face a seed within the opening spherical. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply it’s unhealthy information for seeded gamers as they received’t get demoted beneath the brand new rule.

“I believe it’s nice,” Williams mentioned.

“Ladies which are youthful can go on the market and have children and never have to fret about it and never have to attend ’til the twilight of their years to have youngsters and I believe it’s a extremely nice rule.

“I believe having gone via the expertise myself actually opened my eyes as much as me and, ‘Would I’ve completed it sooner had there been completely different rule modifications?’ I don’t know. However now that there’s a chance, folks don’t should ask that query anymore.

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“I believe it’s a fantastic rule change. I believe it’s a lot. However I really feel prefer it’s simply one thing that’s all the time going to be there and be particular and I’m completely satisfied that they did it.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion might be in motion in opposition to sister Venus in Abu Dhabi on Thursday in her first match since September’s US Open remaining defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka. That match was overshadowed by her outburst at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she referred to as a “liar” and “thief”.

She was docked a recreation for verbal abuse following some extent penalty for racquet smashing and a code violation for teaching. She was subsequently fined for her outbursts.


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