The seedings for the 125th edition of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club were announced today and as expected the grass court slam has given due credit to players who have performed well in the past at the hallowed greens of South-West London. World no.1 and reigning champion Rafael Nadal is the top seed in the men's draw with the Majorcan once again asked to defend his crown to remain at the summit of the world rankings. Six time champion Roger Federer failed to land the second seeding and will run the risk of running into Nadal in the semi-finals when the draw is made later in the week. However, three time finalist and four time Queen's Club champion Andy Roddick is a beneficiary of the 'grass-performance based' men's ranking and has been bumped up to 8th seed, thereby improving his chances of making it into the second week.
The women's ranking does not follow a mathematical model like the men and the seeding committee has the luxury of making changes where they deem fit. Despite never having won a Grand Slam, young Dane Caroline Wozniacki has been given the status of the no.1 seed, however, defending champion and 13 time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has got a shot in the arm on the eve of the event as she has been named the 8th seed. Elder sister Venus, a five time champion here, has also been given a higher rank than her position on the WTA Tour ranking charts, having been seeded 24th.