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2012 Wimbledon: Seeds Announced; Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova Claim Top Seeds

The seeds for the 2012 Wimbledon championships have been announced with Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova claiming the top seeds.

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Tennis' third Grand Slam event is played on the grass at Wimbledon which takes place between June 25 - July 8, and the seeds have been announced. Claiming the No. 1 seed on the men's side is Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova taking the top overall seed for the women.

Djokovic won at Wimbledon for the first time in his career last year and is back to defend his title, but most recently los to in the French Open Rafael Nadal for the second straight year.

Sharapova just won the 2012 French Open which completed her career Grand Slam. Defending Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova is the No. 4 seed this year.

As for the United States participants, Mardy Fish and John Isner are seed at No. 10 and 11, respectively. Serena Williams earned the No. 6 seed in the women's singles competition.

Men's Top Seeds:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3. Roger Federer (SUI)
4. Andy Murray (GBR)
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7. David Ferrer (ESP)
8. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
10. Mardy Fish (USA)
11. John Isner (USA)
12. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
13. Gilles Simon (FRA)
14. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
15. Juan Monaco (ARG)

Women's Top Seeds:

1. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
3. Agnieszka Radawanska (POL)
4. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
6. Serena Williams (USA)
7. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
8. Angelique Kerber (GER)
9. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
10. Sara Errani (ITA)
11. Na Li (CHN)
12. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
13. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
14. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
15. Sabine Lisicki (GER)

You can view the full seedings at the official Wimbledon website.

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