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Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during their quarter-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2012. (Reuters)
Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during their quarter-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2012. (Reuters)

Djokovic, Sharapova named top seeds for Wimbledon Add to ...

Champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Maria Sharapova were named as top seeds for Wimbledon as the grasscourt grand slam mostly followed the rankings to draw up the list for the championships that begin on Monday.

In the men’s side, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray completed the top four while defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova was seeded forth.

Serena Williams was seeded sixth but her sister Venus, champion five times in southwest London, will be the one player the majority of the seeds will want to avoid as she missed out on a top 32 placing since she is currently ranked 55th.

Rising talent Bernard Tomic was the main beneficiary of Wimbledon’s policy to take grasscourt form into consideration and the Australian was bumped up to 20th seed from his world ranking of 27.

Three-times men’s runner-up Andy Roddick squeezed into the seedings following the withdrawal of world number 15 Frenchman Gael Monfils through injury. The American, ranked 33rd, was named as the 30th seed.

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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