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

The 2012 Wimbledon tournament gets underway at the All-England Club starting on June 25 - July 8, and with the tournament only a few days away the seeds were announced. On the women's side it is Maria Sharapova who earned the No. 1 overall seed. Sharapova is coming off winning the career Grand Slam by winning the 2012 French Open. The defending women's champion is Petra Kvitova who is the No. 4 seed.

On the men's side, the No. 1 overall seed went to defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is fresh off a French Open which he lost in the finals to Rafael Nadal, but he will be looking to win his second-straight Wimbledon title.

The highest seeded American women is Serena Williams who earned the No. 6 seed, and there are two American men who are seeded with Mardy Fish at No. 10 and John Isner at No. 11.

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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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.