Sunday, June 19, 2011

WHO'S ON TOP AT WIMBLEDON 2011 by Jean Kirshenbaum

In the month preceding Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, June 20, (tomorrow) the buzz among the tennis pundits focused on how Serena Williams would be seeded at the tournament this year.
Seeding at most tournaments, including the Slams, traditionally goes according to player ranking. But because she hadn’t played tennis until last week, her ranking had dropped from #1 to #25. At Wimbledon 2011, she is seeded #8. I think that bumping her up to #8 is entirely appropriate. Although she hadn’t played tour tennis for almost a year, she has won Wimbledon four times, including the 2010 tournament, when she beat Vera Zvonerava, currently ranked #3 and seeded third. Venus Williams has been out for injury as well, and had dropped to # 33. A five-time Wimbledon winner, she is seeded 24. Top seeds for the men are the usual suspects, but there is one new name in the #2 spot- Novak Djokovic.  That means that while Nadal is seeded first, Federer, the former king of Wimbledon with 6 titles, is seeded third. Keep reading if you want to know the rest of the 64 seeds.

WOMEN’S SEEDS (WTA Tour rankings in parentheses)

1 Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [1]

2 Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL) [2]

3 Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) [3]

4 Na LI (CHN) [4]

5 Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) [5]

6 Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [6]

7 Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA) [7]

8 Serena WILLIAMS (USA) [8]

9 Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [9]

10 Marion BARTOLI (FRA) [10]

11 Samantha STOSUR (AUS) [11]

12 Andrea PETKOVIC (GER) [12]

13 Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) [13]

14 Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL) [14]

15 Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) [15]

16 Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB) [16]

17 Julia GOERGES (GER) [17]

18 Kaia KANEPI (EST) [18]

19 Ana IVANOVIC (SRB) [19]

20 Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) [20]

21 Shuai PENG (CHN) [21]

22 Flavia PENNETTA (ITA) [22]

23 Shahar PEER (ISR) [23]

24 Venus WILLIAMS (USA) [24]

25 Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) [25]

26 Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) [26]

27 Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) [27]

28 Jarmila GAJDOSOVA (AUS) [28]

29 Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS) [29]

30 Roberta VINCI (ITA) [30]

31 Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS (USA) [31]

32 Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) [32]

MEN’S SEEDS (ATP Tour rankings in parentheses)

1 Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1]

2 Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [2]

3 Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3]

4 Andy MURRAY (GBR) [4]

5 Robin SODERLING (SWE) [5]

6 Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) [6]

7 David FERRER (ESP) [7]

8 Andy RODDICK (USA) [8]

9 Gael MONFILS (FRA) [9]

10 Mardy FISH (USA) [10]

11 Jurgen MELZER (AUT) [11]

12 Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) [12]

13 Viktor TROICKI (SRB) [13]

14 Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) [14]
15 Gilles SIMON (FRA) [15]

16 Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) [16]

17 Richard GASQUET (FRA) [17]

18 Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) [18]

19 Michael LLODRA (FRA) [19]

20 Florian MAYER (GER) [20]

21 Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) [21]

22 Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV (UKR) [22]

23 Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) [23]

24 Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [24]

25 Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) [25]

26 Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP) [26]

27 Marin CILIC (CRO) [27]

28 David NALBANDIAN (ARG) [28]

29 Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) [29]

30 Thomaz BELLUCCI (BRA) [30]

31 Milos RAONIC (CAN) [31]

32 Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP) [32]

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