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Defending champions and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top the Australian Open seedings lists, which follow rankings ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champions and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top the Australian Open seedings lists, which follow rankings ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016.

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka moved back into the top 16 with her victory at the Brisbane International last week, her first title since 2013. She finished last season at No. 22 but moved up the rankings with her title run in the Australian Open warmup tournament and was seeded No. 14 at Melbourne Park, meaning she avoids early-round encounters with the top-ranked players.

A win over 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori and a run to the semifinals at the Brisbane International lifted Australia's Bernard Tomic to a No. 16 seeding in the men's draw.

Four-time finalist Andy Murray was seeded No. 2, 17-time major winner Roger Federer was No. 3 and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was No. 4, one higher than Rafael Nadal. John Isner was No. 10 and Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the Brisbane final last weekend, was at No. 13.

On the women's side, Simona Halep was No. 2, Garbine Muguruza was No. 3, Agieszka Radwanska was No. 4 and Maria Sharapova, the 2008 champion and finalist last year, was No. 5.

The Australian Open draw will take place on Friday.


Seeding lists.

Men's

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2. Andy Murray, Britain

3. Roger Federer, Switzerland

4. Stan Wawrinka , Switzerland

5. Rafael Nadal, Spain

6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

7. Kei Nishikori, Japan

8. David Ferrer, Spain

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

10. John Isner, United States

11. Kevin Anderson, South Africa

12. Marin Cilic, Croatia

13. Milos Raonic, Canada

14. Gilles Simon, France

15. David Goffin, Belgium

16. Bernard Tomic, Australia

17. Benoit Paire, France

18. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

19. Dominic Thiem, Austria

20. Fabio Fognini, Italy

21. Viktor Troicki, Serbia

22. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

23. Gael Monfils, France

24. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

25. Jack Sock, United States

26. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain

27. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

28. Andreas Seppi, Italy

29. Nick Kyrgios, Australia

30. Jeremy Chardy, France

31. Steve Johnson, United States

32. Joao Sousa, Portugal

Women's

1. Serena Williams, United States

2. Simona Halep, Romania

3. Garbine Muguruza, Spain

4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

5. Maria Sharapova, Russia

6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

7. Angelique Kerber, Germany

8. Venus Williams, United States

9. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

10. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

11. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

12. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

13. Roberta Vinci, Italy

14. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

15. Madison Keys, United States

16. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

17. Sara Errani, Italy

18. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

19. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

20. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

21. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia

22. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

23. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

24. Sloane Stephens, United States

25. Samantha Stosur, Australia

26. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

27. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia

28. Kristina Mladenovic, France

29. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

30. Sabine Lisicki, Germany

31. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine

32. Caroline Garcia, France

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