Miami Open director Blake urges seeding rethink after Serena draw

Serena has been done no favours in seedings for the Miami Open. Pic Getty

This after Williams - who is an eight-time victor at the event close to her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - receiving a tough draw at the Miami Open.

Pictured: Serena Williams speaks to the media at the ground breaking ceremony of the future home of the Miami Open beginning in 2019 at Hard Rock stadium prior to this years' Miami Open, presented by Itau, at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida, March 19, 2018. She even voiced a minor character on the animated series and its followup, Legend of Korra.

In January, Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, saying she just wasn't ready after giving birth in early September.

It's the kind of late-night thought that only a true Avatar-head would be prepared to engage in, but lucky for Williams, one fan was standing by with an answer. She missed 13 months, and now she's back.

"Ok got it", she concluded.

Contrary to what Simon said, some players do think that rankings should be protected.

"It's not as if she left because of injury or lost her passion for the game".

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At the centre of it is 23-time Major champion and former world #1 Serena Williams, who is widely and rightly recognised as the greatest player of her era.

Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has been by her side for almost six years now, has identified the three remaining Grand Slams of the year as Serena's major targets. "I hope they revisit those talks, although it will be too late for her unless she decides to have another child".

Williams, an eight-time Miami Open champion, saved the first match point but sent a routine forehand long to give rising star Osaka further glory. "She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded", he added.

Simona Halep, the world No. 1, is the No. 1 seed, but looked vulnerable and not confident en route to a shaky run to the semifinals in Indian Wells.

It is also questionable as to whether Williams' current level of play merits a seeding after she was well-beaten in the third round in Indian Wells by her elder sister Venus. "I'm very grateful I was able to play her and it is better still that I was able to win". "She's a great player, and I was very sad previous year for what happened to her at Wimbledon". "So a little bit at a time and eventually I'll get there". It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip, ' she remembers telling the team.

Blake, the former United States player and new tournament director of the Miami Open believes the WTA have treated Williams harshly ahead of her opener with Osaka tomorrow.

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