In her brief return to the tour this year after a 14-month absence to give birth, Williams recorded two wins and two losses.
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Several of Serena Williams' biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say. The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest it could take effect is next year.The French Open draw will be made Thursday, with the tournament starting Sunday.However, this past year the WTA adjusted the rule so absences for maternity leave are treated the same as those for injury and illness by providing all players a two-year window to begin using a special ranking, plus an additional year from the date of return to utilize the special ranking.
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