(REUTERS) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has called for 23-time Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams to be seeded at next month's Wimbledon Championships ahead of the All England Club's meeting on Tuesday (June 26).
The 36-year-old Williams, a seven-time winner of the Wimbledon singles title, could miss out on being named as one of the 32 seeds after she took maternity leave for the birth of her first child. The American, now ranked 181st, was unseeded at the French Open.
"She's (Serena Williams) the greatest player to ever play the sport," Denmark's Wozniacki told reporters after her straight-sets victory over Italian Camila Giorgi at the Eastbourne International on Monday.
"Having won so many Grand Slams and being No. 1 for so many years, she deserves a seeding."
Grand Slam events generally award seedings based on rankings, which are not protected for injury or pregnancy in the WTA.
However, the US Open will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy, United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams said earlier this month.