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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 and top the Australian Open seedings lists, which follow rankings ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016.

Two-time Australian Open champion 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 and a run to the semifinals at the Brisbane International lifted Australia's to a No. 16 seeding in the men's draw.

Four-time finalist was seeded No. 2, 17-time major winner was No. 3 and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was No. 4, one higher than . was No. 10 and , who beat Federer in the Brisbane final last weekend, was at No. 13.

On the women's side, was No. 2, was No. 3, Agieszka Radwanska was No. 4 and , the 2008 champion and finalist last year, was No. 5.

The Australian Open draw will take place on Friday.


Seeding lists.

Men's

1. , Serbia

2. , Britain

3. , Switzerland

4. Stan Wawrinka , Switzerland

5. , Spain

6. , Czech Republic

7. , Japan

8. , Spain

9. , France

10. , United States

11. , South Africa

12. , Croatia

13. , Canada

14. , France

15. , Belgium

16. , Australia

17. , France

18. , Spain

19. , Austria

20. , Italy

21. , Serbia

22. , Croatia

23. , France

24. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

25. , United States

26. , Spain

27. , Bulgaria

28. , Italy

29. , Australia

30. , France

31. , United States

32. , Portugal

Women's

1. , United States

2. , Romania

3. , Spain

4. , Poland

5. , Russia

6. , Czech Republic

7. , Germany

8. , United States

9. , Czech Republic

10. , Spain

11. , Switzerland

12. , Switzerland

13. , Italy

14. , Belarus

15. , United States

16. , Denmark

17. , Italy

18. , Ukraine

19. , Serbia

20. , Serbia

21. , Russia

22. , Germany

23. , Russia

24. , United States

25. , Australia

26. , Russia

27. , Slovakia

28. , France

29. , Romania

30. , Germany

31. , Ukraine

32. , France

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