Australian Open Seeds Announced


The seeds mostly stick with their entry rankings.

Federer & Davenport Top Seeds For Australian Open 2005
Thursday, 13 January, 2005

Australian Open 2005 seedings were announced today with World No.1's Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Lindsay Davenport (USA) topping the men's and women's lists followed by a host of former Grand Slam winners.

Tennis fans at Australian Open 2005 will see all of the top 20 men and 15 of the top 20 women competing.

Australian Open defending champion Federer had a stellar season in 2004, winning 11 tournaments including three Grand Slams and the Tennis Masters Cup, finishing the year with an astonishing win-loss record of 74-6 and as world No.1 for the first time.

Second seeded Andy Roddick (USA) won four singles titles in 2004, was runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon and contested his first Davis Cup final. His best result at the Australian Open was a semifinal showing in 2003, and he is definitely one to watch in 2005.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt was back to his best in 2004 and is seeded three at this year's Open. Hewitt captured four titles last year (Sydney, Rotterdam, Washington and Long Island) and lost to the eventual champion at all four Grand Slams (three times to Federer at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open and to Gaston Gaudio at the French Open). Hewitt has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open three times (2000, 2003, 2004) and following a pre-season of meticulous preparation, the signs are looking good for Hewitt to surpass that in 2005.

Four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi (8) is aiming to win a record fifth title in Melbourne, having won in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003. Last year he took Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin to five sets in a marathon semifinal match. At 34 years of age, the American is the oldest man in the singles main draw, but he is looking fitter than ever and is always a contender here at Melbourne Park.

The men's seedings also include 2002 Australian Open winner Thomas Johansson of Sweden (30) and two popular former finalists: Russian Marat Safin (runner-up in 2002 and 2004) is back as fourth seed and Spaniard Carlos Moya (1997) will be seeded fifth.

The seedings for the women's draw show how much the tennis landscape has changed in the last 12 months.

American Lindsay Davenport tops the women's seedings for 2005 after finishing 2004 with ranked world No.1 for the third time in her career. Davenport reached the semifinal or better in 13 out of 17 tournaments, capturing seven singles titles. A singles champion at the Australian Open in 2000, Davenport was defeated by eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament, but will be the player to beat this year.

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo (France), an Australian Open finalist in 1999, conceded last year's quarterfinal match against Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga in a walkover due to injury, so will be looking to made amends this year following a career-best season in 2004 which netted her five singles titles.

Seven Russian players have been seeded for Australian Open 2005, including five representatives in the top 10 seedings. The Russian contingent will be led by third seed and French Open champion Anastasia Myskina.

Joining her are Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova (4), US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (5), US Open finalist Elena Dementieva (6) and Vera Zvonareva (9). Myskina was the best performing Russian at last year's Australian Open reaching the quarterfinals, and will be keen to improve on that performance.

2003 Australian Open champion Serena Williams is back again after a year's absence and seeded 7.

Following her in the seedings is sister Venus Williams, the runner-up here the same year.

On the home front, Australia's world No.12 Alicia Molik has been seeded (10) at the Australian Open for the first time. Molik completed a career-best season in 2004, winning three singles titles (Stockholm, Zurich, Luxembourg) and winning an Olympic bronze medal. She also excelled in mixed doubles, partnering Australian Todd Woodbridge and making two Grand Slam finals - Wimbledon and the US Open.

1995 winner and 1997 runner-up Mary Pierce returns to the Australian Open as 24th seed in 2005. Pierce won a title at 's-Hertogenbosch and achieved her eleventh top 30 finish in 2004.

Sixteen-year-old French sensation Tatiana Golovin kickstarted her year in 2004 when, ranked 354 in the world, she was awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Open and reached the fourth round.

Golovin went on to contest the final of Birmingham, the fourth round of Wimbledon, and ended the year ranked world No.27. She returns to the Australian Open in 2005 seeded 20.


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