Tennis

Wimbledon seed for Anderson

2012-06-20 12:38
Kevin Anderson (File)

London - Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been confirmed as the top seed in this year's men's singles at the All England Club, while French Open winner Maria Sharapova is the top seed in the womens' singles.

Serbia's Djokovic, the current world number one, was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final earlier this month, but he retains the top seeding ahead of the second seeded Spaniard.

Djokovic's defeat to Nadal in Paris marked the end of a run of three successive grand slam final victories over the world number two, which started when he won Wimbledon for the first time last year.

Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is seeded third as he seeks to win a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.

Britain's Andy Murray, a loser in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the last three years, is the fourth seed, while France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a beaten semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, is seeded fifth.

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who lost to Nadal in the 2010 Wimbledon final, is bumped up to the sixth seed, one place above Spain's David Ferrer, who is ranked higher but drops down to seventh seed due to his inferior grass-court record.

Big-serving American Mardy Fish, back in action after serious health issues, is promoted to 10th ahead of John Isner and Nicolas Almagro.

The biggest jump is made by Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, who reached the quarter-finals last year and climbs from 27th to 20th, while three-time finalist Andy Roddick is seeded 30th.

In the women's singles, the seedings reflect the current WTA Tour rankings, with world number one Sharapova, who beat Sara Errani in this year's French Open final, selected to be the top seed ahead of reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Sharapova's victory in Paris gave the 25-year-old Russian a career grand slam after her previous title triumphs at Wimbledon, in 2004, and the Australian and US Opens.

Kvitova, who defeated Sharapova in last year's Wimbledon final, is the fourth seed behind world number two Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, who is seeded third.

Australia's Sam Stosur, the current US Open champion, is the fifth seed and America's Serena Williams, a four-time Wimbledon winner, is seeded sixth.

Singles seedings for Wimbledon, starting on June 25:

Men

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Andy Murray, Britain
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7. David Ferrer, Spain
8. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia
9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
10. Mardy Fish, United States
11. John Isner, United States
12 Nicolas Almagro, Spain
13. Gilles Simon, France
14. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
15. Juan Monaco, Argentina
16. Marin Cilic, Croatia
17. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
18. Richard Gasquet, France
19. Kei Nishikori, Japan
20. Bernard Tomic, Australia
21. Milos Raonic, Canada
22. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine
23. Andreas Seppi, Italy
24. Marcel Granollers, Spain
25. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
26. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
27. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic
29. Julien Benneteau, France
30. Andy Roddick, United States
31. Florian Mayer, Germany
32. Kevin Anderson, South Africa

Women


1. Maria Sharapova, Russia
2. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
3. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
4. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
5. Samantha Stosur, Australia
6. Serena Williams, United States
7. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
8. Angelique Kerber, Germany
9. Marion Bartoli, France
10. Sara Errani, Italy
11. Li Na, China
12. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
13. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
14. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
15. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
16. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
17. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
18. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
19. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
20. Nadia Petrova, Russia
21. Roberta Vinci, Italy
22. Julia Goerges, Germany
23. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic
24. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
25. Zheng Jie, China
26. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain
27. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia
28. Christina McHale, United States
29. Monica Niculescu, Romania
30. Peng Shuai, China
31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
32. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

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