By Ros Satar, in Melbourne

  • Full seedings for the Australian Open 2017
  • New world No. 1s Andy Murray & Angelique Kerber leads this year’s seedings
  • Also joining Andy Murray in the seedings is Johanna Konta after reaching the World Top 10 last year.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – As we gear up for the first Slam of the year, the full seedings were announced on Thursday.

 

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The Seeds

[1] Andy Murray Angelique Kerber

Top seeds and opposite from the No. 2 seeds.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[2] Novak Djokovic Serena Williams

Occupies the bottom place in the draw, opposite from the top seeds.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[3] Milos Raonic Agnieszka Radwanska
[4] Stan Wawrinka Simona Halep

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[5] Kei Nishikori Karolina Pliskova
[6] Gael Monfils Dominika Cibulkova
[7] Marin Cilic Garbiñe Muguruza
[8] Dominic Thiem Svetlana Kuznetsova

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 9-12 in the fourth round and 1-4 in the quarter-finals.

 

[9] Rafael Nadal Johanna Konta
[10] Tomas Berdych Carla Suárez Navarro
[11] David Goffin Elina Svitolina
[12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Timea Bacsinszky

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 5-8 in the fourth round.

 

[13] Roberto Bautista Agut Venus Williams
[14] Nick Kyrgios Elena Vesnina
[15] Grigor Dimitrov Roberta Vinci
[16] Lucas Pouille Barbora Strycova

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 1-4 in the fourth round.

 

[17] Roger Federer Caroline Wozniacki
[18] Richard Gasquet Samantha Stosur
[19] John Isner Kiki Bertens
[20] Ivo Karlovic Zhang Shuai
[21] David Ferrer Caroline Garcia
[22] Pablo Cuevas Daria Gavrilova
[23] Jack Sock Daria Kasatkina
[24] Alexander Zverev Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Will face players seeded 9-16 in the third round.

 

[25] Gilles Simon Timea Babos
[26] Albert Ramos-Vinolas Laura Siegemund
[27] Bernard Tomic Irina-Camelia Begu
[28] Feliciano Lopez Alizé Cornet
[29] Viktor Troicki Monica Puig
[30] Pablo Carreno Busta Ekaterina Makarova
[31] Sam Querrey Yulia Putintseva
[32] Philipp Kohlschreiber Anastasija Sevastova

Will face players seeded 1-8 in the third round.

 

What this means

 

Men’s Singles

The challenge is truly on for Andy Murray to finally lay to rest a Slam that has eluded him five times. He comes into the tournament once more as one of the favourites, having gained enough ground on Novak Djokovic over the end of last year to finally overtake him as No. 1.

Yet first blood went to Djokovic at the start of the year as he successfully defended his Doha title against Murray, in what we’re sure is to be a recurring battle over the year at the landmark tournaments.

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Women’s Singles

While Djokovic is an old hand at defending his Slam title here, it will be a first time for Angelique Kerber. She actually comes into the tournament a little under-cooked with no back to back wins this year.

That being said all eyes will be on Serena Williams – also match-shy after an early exit in Auckland, and starts with a potential blockbuster upset against Swiss talent Belinda Bencic.

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The Australian Open takes place between 16 to 29 January.

 

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