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Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova Named as Wimbledon Top Seeds

Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia and French Open winner Maria Sharapova of Russia were named as the top seeds at Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal of Spain, who won his 11th major at Roland Garros last week by beating Djokovic, was seeded second, according to an e-mailed statement today from Wimbledon organizers. Six-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland was third, followed by Britain’s Andy Murray.

Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was seeded fourth, with Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus second and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska third.

Four-time winner Serena Williams of the U.S. is at No. 6 while her sister and five-time champion Venus wasn’t given a seeding. Venus Williams is ranked 55th on the WTA Tour and has not been playing a full schedule since being diagnosed with energy-sapping Sjogren’s syndrome last year.

Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam champion who missed the clay-court season because of a hip injury, also isn’t seeded. The Belgian is ranked 53rd on the WTA tour.

The seeding order in the women’s draw at Wimbledon followed this year’s WTA rankings, while the men’s seeds were based on the ATP World Tour rankings and performance on grass courts over the past twelve months.

Andy Roddick of the U.S., a three-time finalist, was seeded 30th, three spots higher than his ranking. Mardy Fish is the highest-seeded American man at 10, one place above John Isner.

Wimbledon starts June 25 at the All England Club in London.

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