Thursday, June 18, 2009

Murray seeded third for Wimbledon

Britain's Andy Murray has been confirmed as the number three seed for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

The 22-year-old Scot is seeded in line with his world ranking of three, behind defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time champion Roger Federer.

World number one Dinara Safina, who has never been past the third round at Wimbledon, heads the women's seedings.

Five-time and defending champion Venus Williams is the number three seed, with her sister Serena at number two.

Bjorn Borg, who won five successive Wimbledon titles from 1976, has backed Murray to end Britain's long wait for a men's champion in the near future.

Borg and Navratilova's Wimbledon tips

"He is ready to win a Grand Slam tournament and is one of my favourites to win Wimbledon," said the Swede.

"He has no weaknesses, he can play on all kinds of surfaces and I was very impressed what he did on the clay court surface. He was hitting the ball extremely well.

"Andy Murray seems to find himself on the court and knows how to behave, focus and play his game.

"He has matured a lot as a person over the last year and as a tennis player. If you compare him now to a few years ago he is a completely different player on the court."

Borg, 53, added: "If he does not win Wimbledon this year, then he has a good chance in the years to come.

"One day, eventually, Andy Murray will win Wimbledon."

Men's seeds:

1. Rafael Nadal (Spa)
2. Roger Federer (Swi)
3. Andy Murray (GB)
4. Novak Djokovic (Srb)
5. Juan Martin del Potro (Arg)
6. Andy Roddick (USA)
7. Fernando Verdasco (Spa)
8. Gilles Simon (Fra)
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)
10. Fernando Gonzalez (Chl)
11. Marin Cilic (Cro)
12. Nikolay Davydenko (Rus)
13. Robin Soderling (Swe)
14. Gael Monfils (Fra)
15. Marat Safin (Rus)
16. Tommy Robredo (Spa)
17. David Ferrer (Spa)
18. James Blake (USA)
19. Rainer Schuettler (Ger)
20. Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi)
21. Tomas Berdych (Cze)
22. Feliciano Lopez (Spa)
23. Ivo Karlovic (Cro)
24. Radek Stepanek (Cze)
25. Dmitry Tursunov (Rus)
26. Jurgen Melzer (Aut)
27. Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)
28. Mardy Fish (USA)
29. Igor Andreev (Rus)
30. Viktor Troicki (Srb)
31. Victor Hanescu (Rom)
32. Albert Montanes (Spa)

Women's seeds:

1. Dinara Safina (Rus)
2. Serena Williams (USA)
3. Venus Williams (USA)
4. Elena Dementieva (Rus)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
6. Jelena Jankovic (Srb)
7. Vera Zvonareva (Rus)
8. Victoria Azarenka (Bls)
9. Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
10. Nadia Petrova, (Rus)
11. Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol)
12. Marion Bartoli (Fra)
13. Ana Ivanovic (Srb)
14. Dominika Cibulkova (Svk)
15. Flavia Pennetta (Ita)
16. Zheng Jie (Chi)
17 Amelie Mauresmo (France)
18. Samantha Stosur (Aus)
19. Na Li (Chi)
20. Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa)
21. Patty Schnyder (Swi)
22. Alize Cornet (Fra)
23. Aleksandra Wozniak (Can)
24. Maria Sharapova (Rus)
25. Kaia Kanepi (Est)
26. Virginie Razzano (Fra)
27. Alisa Kleybanova (Rus)
28. Sorana Cirstea (Rom)
29. Sybille Bammer (Aut)
30. Agnes Szavay (Hun)
31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)
32. Anna Chakvetadze (Rus)

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