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Murray, Kerber named top seeds for Australian Open

Updated: Jan 12, 2017 14:44 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Jan .12 (ANI): World number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber have been named top seeds for the first major of the season, Australian Open, which will commence from January 16.

British maestro Murray will be aiming to clinch his first title at Melbourne Park after losing in the finals of the tournament for five times, including in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 to Serbian rival Novak Djokovic, who is seeded two.

Meanwhile, Kerber, reigning Australian and US Open champion, will head to Australia hoping to defend her first Grand Slam title, Sport24 reported.

The Australian Open will stick with the current rankings when its seeds 32 players in each of the men's and women's 128-player singles draws.

Wimbledon finallist Milos Raonic is seeded-third in the men's seedings, with US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych completing the top 10.

As far as list of top 10 women's seeds is concerned, former world number one Serena Williams is seeded No. 2, followed by Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkoa, Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Johanna Konta and Carla Suarez Navarro.

Swiss star Roger Federer, who has won the Australian Open four times, will start at No.17 as he makes a comeback after six-month long injury layoff.

Federer recently slipped to No. 17 in the rankings after Grigor Dimitrov won the Brisbane International and moved up to No 15.(ANI)

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Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 15:12 IST

Dubai [UAE], Mar.28 (ANI): India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday received Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

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India retains ICC Test Championship Mace

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 14:45 IST

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Virat Kohli doubtful for start of IPL 10

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 14:05 IST

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Kolkata to host 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup final

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 17:01 IST

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