Thursday, June 25, 2015

Serena -- who else? -- seeded first at Wimbledon

Serena Williams is halfway to a calendar-year Grand
Slam. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   Several players with strong Northern California ties received seedings at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
   Serena Williams, a three-time Bank of the West champion at Stanford, is No. 1 in women's singles. She is scheduled to defend her Bank of the West title on Aug. 3-9.
   The 33-year-old Williams is halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam in singles, last accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24) and Graf (22), and five at Wimbledon.
   Andy Murray and Milos Raonic, who combined to go 23-0 with five singles championships in the now-defunct SAP Open in San Jose, are seeded third and seventh, respectively, in men's singles.
   Murray in 2013 became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray went 10-0 in the SAP Open, winning the title in 2006 at 18 years old and in 2007. He also won the Aptos Challenger in 2005. 
   The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Raonic used his booming serve to win the last three SAP Opens (2011, 2012 and 2013), never losing a set in San Jose.
   Bob and Mike Bryan, who led Stanford to the NCAA team title in their two years there (1997 and 1998), are seeded first in men's doubles at Wimbledon. They own a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles crowns, including three at Wimbledon.
   Raquel Kops-Jones, a 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal who lives in San Jose, and Abigail Spears are seeded fifth in women's doubles. Kops-Jones, a 32-year-old doubles specialist, has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open (2014) and quarterfinals at Wimbledon (2012) and the U.S. Open (2008), all with Spears.
   Anabel Medina Garrigues, who is scheduled to play World TeamTennis for the Sacramento-based California Dream after Wimbledon, and fellow Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja are seeded 16th in women's doubles.
   Medina Garrigues (pronounced Gha-REE-ghes), who will turn 33 on July 31, has been ranked as high as No. 3 in doubles (2008) and No. 16 in singles (2009). Teaming with countrywoman Virginia Ruano Pascual in women's doubles, Medina Garrigues won the French Open in 2008 and 2009 and the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 
   Rafael Nadal is No. 10 in men's singles, his lowest seeding ever at Wimbledon. The two-time Wimbledon champion has lost in the second round, first round and fourth round in the past three years at the All England Club. 
WIMBLEDON SEEDS
Men's singles
1. Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
2. Federer, Roger (SUI)
3. Murray, Andy (GBR)
4. Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
5. Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
6. Berdych, Tomas (CZE)
7. Raonic, Milos (CAN)
8. Ferrer, David (ESP)
9. Cilic, Marin (CRO)
10. Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
11. Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
12. Simon, Gilles (FRA)
13. Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
14. Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
15. Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
16. Goffin, David (BEL)
17. Isner, John (USA)
18. Monfils, Gael (FRA)
19. Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
20. Bautista Agut, Roberto (ESP)
21. Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
22. Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
23. Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
24. Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)
25. Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
26. Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
27. Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
28. Cuevas, Pablo (URU)
29. Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
30. Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
31. Sock, Jack (USA)
31. Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Men's doubles
1. Bryan, Bob (USA) / Bryan, Mike (USA)
2. Dodig, Ivan (CRO) / Melo, Marcelo (BRA)
3. Pospisil, Vasek (CAN) / Sock, Jack (USA)
4. Rojer, Jean-Julien (NED) / Tecau, Horia (ROU)
5. Bolelli, Simone (ITA) / Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
6. Granollers, Marcel (ESP) / Lopez, Marc (ESP)
7. Matkowski, Marcin (POL) / Zimonjic, Nenad (SRB)
8. Peya, Alexander (AUT) / Soares, Bruno (BRA)
9. Bopanna, Rohan (IND) / Mergea, Florin (ROU)
10. Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA) / Mahut, Nicolas (FRA)
11. Nestor, Daniel (CAN) / Paes, Leander (IND)
12. Cuevas, Pablo (URU) / Marrero, David (ESP)
13. Murray, Jamie (GBR) / Peers, John (AUS)
14. Klaasen, Raven (RSA) / Ram, Rajeev (USA)
15. Draganja, Marin (CRO) / Kontinen, Henri (FIN)
16. Cabal, Juan Sebastian (COL) / Farah, Robert (COL)
Women's singles
1. Williams, Serena (USA)
2. Kvitova, Petra (CZE)
3. Halep, Simona (ROU)
4. Sharapova, Maria (RUS)
5. Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)
6. Safarova, Lucie (CZE)
7. Ivanovic, Ana (SRB)
8. Makarova, Ekaterina (RUS)
9. Suarez Navarro, Carla (ESP)
10. Kerber, Angelique (GER)
11. Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)
12. Bouchard, Eugenie (CAN)
13. Radwanska, Agnieszka (POL)
14. Petkovic, Andrea (GER)
15. Bacsinszky, Timea (SUI)
16. Williams, Venus (USA)
17. Svitolina, Elina (UKR)
18. Lisicki, Sabine (GER)
19. Errani, Sara (ITA)
20. Muguruza, Garbine (ESP)
21. Keys, Madison (USA)
22. Stosur, Samantha (AUS)
23. Azarenka, Victoria (BLR)
24. Pennetta, Flavia (ITA)
25. Cornet, Alize (FRA)
26. Kuznetsova, Svetlana (RUS)
27. Strycova, Barbora (CZE)
28. Jankovic, Jelena (SRB)
29. Begu, Irina-Camelia (ROU)
30. Bencic, Belinda (SUI)
31. Giorgi, Camila (ITA)
32. Garcia, Caroline (FRA)
Women's doubles
1. Hingis, Martina (SUI) / Mirza, Sania (IND)
2. Makarova, Ekaterina (RUS) / Vesnina, Elena (RUS)
3. Mattek-Sands, Bethanie (USA) / Safarova, Lucie (CZE)
4. Babos, Timea (HUN) / Mladenovic, Kristina (FRA)
5. Kops-Jones, Raquel (USA) / Spears, Abigail (USA)
6. Muguruza, Garbine (ESP) / Suarez Navarro, Carla (ESP)
7. Hsieh, Su-Wei (TPE) / Pennetta, Flavia (ITA)
8. Hlavackova, Andrea (CZE) / Hradecka, Lucie (CZE)
9. Dellacqua, Casey (AUS) / Shvedova, Yaroslava (KAZ)
10. Garcia, Caroline (FRA) / Srebotnik, Katarina (SLO)
11. Kudryavtseva, Alla (RUS) / Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia (RUS)
12. Williams, Serena (USA) / Williams, Venus (USA)
13. Chan, Yung-Jan (TPE) / Zheng, Jie (CHN)
14. Krajicek, Michaella (NED) / Strycova, Barbora (CZE)
15. Rodionova, Anastasia (AUS) / Rodionova, Arina (AUS)
16. Medina Garrigues, Anabel (ESP) / Parra Santonja, Arantxa (ESP)

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