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AEGON Tennis: In-form Bartoli looks to Wimbledon

Posted on Wednesday, 20 June by

Wimbledon starts on Monday and one of the key announcements ahead of The Championships were made today when the seeds were revealed.

Defending Eastbourne Champion, Marion Bartoli has admitted she’d like to avoid Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon after the five-time Ladies Champion was left unseeded for The Championships.

The French number one laughed somewhat nervously when informed neither Venus, nor major-winner Kim Clijsters had been seeded for the main draw.

“Kim is different on grass because she doesn’t have the same results but for Venus, unseeded, it’s a bit hard.” she said after a comfortable second round victory over Aleksandra Wozniak at the Aegon International.

She joked, “I hope she doesn’t draw Serena [Williams, Venus’ sister] first round because I’m sure she could come out to the chairman and say, ‘Maybe you should’ve put me as a seeded player,’”

“We’ll see how the draw comes out but for sure, if Venus is unseeded, the draw is going to be hard for someone that gets her first or second round.”

The new World No.1 Maria Sharapova has been named the top seed with defending champion Petra Kvitova fourth and Serena Williams sixth, and Bartoli admitted she’d be happy to avoid a draw with Venus.

“I love the challenges,” said Bartoli, “but I hope not too early!”

The Frenchwoman has been seeded ninth for the Championships and looks in fine fettle on the grass courts of Eastbourne ahead of SW19.

She’s lost just eight games in total in her first two matches at Devonshire Park and as the highest ranked player left in the tournament, is looking in great shape to defend her title.

Also victorious at Eastbourne today was Andy Roddick, who admitted he was surprised to be seeded for the trip to the All-England Club.

“I don’t think I deserved what I got, frankly. I’d resigned myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to be seeded.” said the American, who came through in straight sets against Jeremy Chardy.

“Especially with my form this year, I was surprised I was even in the conversation. I was looking forward to being a bit of a spoiler.”

In the men’s draw for Wimbledon defending champion Novak Djokovic has been named the number one seed ahead of Rafael Nadal while Britian’s brightest hope, Andy Murray, has been seeded fourth.

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