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Hewitt, Serena seededon top at Wimbledon

By Associated Press
Published June 17, 2003

WIMBLEDON, England - Defending champions Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams are seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon.

Hewitt got the top seeding Monday ahead of Andre Agassi, who replaced the Australian as No. 1 in this week's ATP Tour rankings.

Agassi was seeded No. 2, followed by French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

By tradition, Hewitt will play the first match on Centre Court when the two-week championships open Monday.

On the women's side, Williams was seeded ahead of Belgian star Kim Clijsters and French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne. Serena's older sister, Venus, was seeded No. 4.

The seeding means the Williams sisters could be in the same half of the draw and meet before the final. They met in four of the last five Grand Slam finals.

The draw will be held today.

Wimbledon takes into account the unusual nature of grass-court tennis and is the only Grand Slam that does not adhere strictly to the ATP and WTA tour rankings in seeding players.

The major deviation from the ATP rankings was for British favorite Tim Henman. Ranked No. 29 on the ATP Tour, he was bumped up to No. 10 on the Wimbledon list.

For the women, the seeding committee followed the rankings. The only exception was caused by the withdrawal of 18th-ranked Monica Seles with a foot injury. In her absence, players ranked below her moved up one spot.

Stevenson moves on

EASTBOURNE, England - American Alexandra Stevenson reached the second round of the Eastbourne grass-court championship with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Lucie Ahl. Silvia Farina Elia beat Clarisa Fernandez 6-2, 6-1 and next faces Lindsay Davenport, who will play her first match since retiring with a pinched nerve in her toe in the fourth round of the French Open.

SAMSUNG OPEN: American Jan-Michael Gambill was knocked out in the first round 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 by Alex Bogdanovic in Nottingham, England. Eighth-seeded Mardy Fish of Tampa advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory against Lee Hyung-taik.

ORDINA OPEN: Paradorn Srichaphan ended a four-match skid, beating Paul Logtens 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round in Rosmalen, Netherlands.

[Last modified June 17, 2003, 01:48:03]

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