'I'm always in the fast lane,' says Serena

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Perhaps, if she manages a bit of continuity in her performances, she could take over the baton of American tennis from Serena Williams.

Serena Williams returns against Germany's Angelique Kerber during the women's singles final on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016.

To his credit, McEnroe weighed in that she deserves special consideration: "I don't think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight".

Those who might take umbrage with Williams receiving an exalted seeding despite her triple-digit ranking: current No. 8 Petra Kvitova, No. 16 CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 32 Dominika Cibulkova. She's listed at +600 on the odds sheet, but she's playing well this year (having won the Birmingham Classic just last weekend) and is maybe a safer pick than some of the other favorites.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova occupies the 32nd seeded place and would miss out should the Wimbledon higher authorities decide to intervene which they have every right to do.

In normal circumstances, there would be no changes in seeding from the WTA rankings but the Wimbledon rulebook offers an exception "where, in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw".

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Tennis legend John McEnroe also showed his support to Williams, despite the duo's differences previous year due to a spat over whether she could defeat a player on the men's circuit. She wants to continue to play.

Williams, made her return to the tour in March at Indian Wells and Miami, following the birth of her daughter.

"You know, I think it's great".

But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major.

"I think so [on Williams going far]". That's why I gave my daughter the trophy. "It was weird", Williams said, reflecting on her pregnancy. The pregnancy, the time away from the sport, and the recent injury are just enough to scare bettors into longish odds for Williams, and those concerns might be unfounded.

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