16 Jun 2011

Wimbledon unveils seedings

1:03 pm on 16 June 2011

The defending champion Rafael Nadal and women's world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki have been confirmed as the top seeds for next weeks Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament officials mirrored the current world rankings for their top five seeds in the men's and women's singles, with Nadal ahead of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Sweden's Robin Soderling.

In the women's draw Wozniacki heads the list from world number three Vera Zvonareva, newly crowned French Open champion Li Na from China and Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.

The seeding list was altered Wednesday following the withdrawal of Belgian world number two Kim Clijsters, who had initially been seeded two.

Clijsters withdrew after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury.

The defending women's champion Serena Williams, who's chasing a hatrick of Wimbledon titles and has only just returned to the court after almost a year out due to illness and injury, has been seeded seventh.