Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep named top seeds in the Australian Open


World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds on Thursday for one week from now’s Australian Open, with 23-time significant victor Serena Williams hiding at 16 on the ladies’ side.

Djokovic heads long-lasting opponent Rafael Nadal and guarding champion Roger Federer, with youthful weapon Alexander Zverev seeded four as he focuses on a lady Grand Slam title.

The Serbian world number one is expecting to leave a mark on the world by asserting a record seventh Australian Open crown when the competition begins at Melbourne Park on Monday, as is Swiss legend Federer.

The match confront a stern test from Zverev, the light carrier for the cutting edge who has so far neglected to get past the quarter-finals at any major.

With world number five Juan Martin del Potro missing through damage, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson is raised to fifth seed with a year ago’s beaten finalist Marin Cilic at six.

Halep takes the best seeding among the ladies cordiality of her reality number one positioning, however she enters the competition with just a single match in four months added to her repertoire after damage lay off.

The Romanian, the beaten finalist a year ago, is coming back from a herniated circle and was packaged out of the Sydney International on Wednesday at the principal jump.

Denmark’s safeguarding champion Caroline Wozniacki, who is engaging medical issues and poor shape, is seeded three, one behind Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

US Open victor Naomi Osaka is at four while Sloane Stephens, who additionally drooped out of Sydney early, is at five.

Eclipsing them all is the compelling Williams, who last played the competition in 2017 when she won while two months pregnant.

The 37-year-old enters the competition seeded 16, yet has demonstrated in the past that such numbers mean little to her. She is the hot most loved to guarantee a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.


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