Seedings for the upcoming 2009 Wimbledon Championships were announced earlier Wednesday. Defending champion Rafael Nadal was named the top seed for the men’s field while current World No. 1, Dinara Safina, is the top seed for the women.
Despite using a formula to determine the men’s seedings, the Top 6 fell according to current ATP Rankings with Nadal followed by Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick. The highest change was No. 7 ranked Gilles Simon and No. 8 Fernando Verdasco swapping positions. Marin Cilic also was a beneficiary moving up two spots from his ranking of No. 13 to a No. 11 seeding. Wimbledon 2008 semifinalist Marat Safin also earned a lift from No. 23 ranking to a 15 seed.
Former champion Maria Sharapova was the biggest mover for the women climbing from her ranking of 59 to a seeding of 24, meaning No. 32-ranked Alona Bondarenko was left off the seeding list.
The official draws will be released on Friday. The top half men are expected to compete on Monday including Nadal while the women’s top half led by Safina will open up on Tuesday. Defending ladies champion Venus Williams is the no. 3 seed.
Nadal, who has been bothered by tendonitis in both knees leaving his grass season in flux, arrived in Wimbledon yesterday and according to his website went through a “not so intense” workout for three hours on grass courts.
Top 16 seeds for both men and women:
Men 1. Rafael Nadal, Spain 2. Roger Federer Switzerland 3. Andy Murray, Britain 4. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 5. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina 6. Andy Roddick, U.S. 7. Fernando Verdasco, Spain 8. Gilles Simon, France 9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France 10. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile 11. Marin Cilic, Croatia 12. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia 13. Robin Soderling, Sweden 14. Gael Monfils, France 15. Marat Safin, Russia 16. Tommy Robredo, Spain
Women 1. Dinara Safina, Russia 2. Serena Williams, U.S. 3. Venus Williams, U.S. 4. Elena Dementieva, Russia 5. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia 6. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia 7. Vera Zvonareva, Russia 8. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus 9. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark 10. Nadia Petrova, Russia 11. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland 12. Marion Bartoli, France 13. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia 14. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia 15. Flavia Pennetta, Italy 16. Zheng Jie, China
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