Serena Williams' return from pregnancy sparks seeding debate at Miami Open

Williams ironically owns part of the Miami Dolphins.'She'll probably be the first person to win a tennis tournament she owns' Dolphins majority owner Stephen Ross said jokingly in an interview with ESPN

As a result, her upcoming opening round match on Wednesday will be against fellow unseeded player and newly-crowned Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, who defeated Russia's Daria Kasatkina for her first-ever title.

Those rules specify that the 36-year-old can hold a protected world ranking to enter up to eight tournaments, including two Grand Slams, during a 12-month period - thus avoiding qualifying - but it does not apply to seedings.

Williams, who's also a limited partner of the Dolphins, laughed when she recalled her initial reaction, pointing out she wasn't alone. How is it going to work at Hard Rock Stadium? "But he's a visionary and always thinking out of the box, and it's such a great idea". "I'm so happy this tournament is still going to be in Miami".

Several cities expressed interest in hosting the event, but Ross was intent on keeping it in South Florida.

"It's one of the ways to warm up and get my body and my mind synchronized with a certain motion that I would like to have with my serve because that's where I kind of compromise my elbow", he said. We got the designers involved. I've been very successful in this sport over the course of the last six, seven years and I've been very grateful to go through that. It's going to be like no other. When I made this intervention, obviously it's pretty invasive and unfortunately in the end it had to be done. And I love sports. She loves to play and I think it's incredible and it's great for the sport. "We have a huge capital investment there, as you can see, and you want to make the most use out of it".

She called Ross a "visionary" when it came to moving the tournament, after first having doubts about the relocation.

Making an appearance at the tournament's groundbreaking ceremony Monday at its future site - the Dolphins' stadium - the tennis champ and new mom showed off a curve-hugging LBD paired with iconic Jordan 1s.

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Among them: o General admission parking space will increase from 2,500 to 5,166.

Construction began last month on what will be permanent courts all around the stadium. It is scheduled to be ready in time for next year's tournament.

"In walked through the door Stephen Ross, a titan of industry, a bold innovator, truly a big thinker, a big-vision guy", Shapiro said.

The Miami Open will be Serena Williams' second competitive tournament since pregnancy. We're talking a picture, a footprint that is really unimaginable, filled with music, and arts, and culinary, culture, all for families. "It will be much, much more than just tennis".

However, Blake added: "I may be complaining about it, but she never would". "It will truly be magnificent".

Key matches will happen inside the Hard Rock Stadium, with center court temporarily covering the football field, and an additional 29 courts are now under construction in the parking lot.

He swatted away a question about how he could challenge current world number one Roger Federer, the Miami Open reigning champion, preferring to concentrate on the lessons learned during the most arduous of comebacks. The director of the Miami Open, James Blake, has suggested that "These kind of things shouldn't happen".



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