Sports World: Lowly-ranked Serena seeded at Wimbledon

Lowly-ranked Serena seeded at Wimbledon

LONDON • Serena Williams has been seeded 25th at Wimbledon this year despite a world ranking of 183 as she continues her return from maternity leave.

It means the 36-year-old tennis great, winner in 2016 but absent last year because of her pregnancy, will avoid the big hitters until at least the third round.

World No. 1 Simona Halep is the top seed in the women's singles while defending champion Roger Federer tops the men's seeds despite Spaniard Rafael Nadal knocking him off the No. 1 spot in the rankings this week.


Injured Kvitova pulls out of Eastbourne

LONDON • Former Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the Eastbourne grasscourt championships with a hamstring injury, organisers said yesterday.

The third seed was due to play a third-round match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.


Koreas to discuss joint Asiad participation

SEOUL • The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will meet representatives from the National Olympic Committees of North and South Korea today to discuss their joint participation at this year's Asian Games in Indonesia.

The two Koreas agreed last week to march together under a unified peninsula flag at the Aug 18 opening ceremony and to field combined teams in some events at the Games.


Mercedes chief's wife to head Venturi team

LONDON • Former Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff, whose husband Toto runs Formula One world champions Mercedes, was named on Tuesday as principal and a shareholder of the Monaco-based Venturi Formula E team.

The team will have Brazilian Felipe Massa, who was Wolff's team-mate at Williams and retired from F1 last year, as one of their drivers when the new season starts in Saudi Arabia in December.


German cycling champ seriously hurt

BERLIN • Germany's Olympic and world sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel is in intensive care following a serious crash in training, the German Cycling Federation said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old, who won the individual sprint world title in Hong Kong last year as well as a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, collided with another cyclist while training at Germany's Cottbus velodrome.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe