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Daria Gavrilova, Samantha Stosur rise in seedings due to withdrawals

Local hope Daria Gavrilova is a beneficiary from the seedings for the Australian Open following the withdrawal of three top-15 women players.

Australian Open women's seeds

  • 1 - Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • 2 - Serena Williams (USA)
  • 3 - Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 4 - Simona Halep (ROU)
  • 5 - Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 6 - Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
  • 7 - Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
  • 8 - Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • 9 - Johanna Konta (GBR)
  • 10 - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • Others: 18 - Samantha Stosur (AUS), 22 - Daria Gavrilova (AUS).

World number eight Madison Keys (wrist), number 11 Petra Kvitova (hand) and number 14 Victoria Azarenka (maternity leave) have confirmed their absence from the first major tournament of the season starting on Monday.
The withdrawals ensure world number 25 Gavrilova, who captured fans' attention with her run to the Australian Open fourth round last year, was installed as the number 22 seed on Thursday.
It means she no longer faces the prospect of a daunting third round clash with a top-eight opponent that would have been her lot otherwise.
Countrywoman Sam Stosur also benefits - she is ranked number 21 but goes in as the 18th seed.
Like Gavrilova, it still means she will likely need to beat a higher-ranked seed in the third round if she is to match her best efforts at Melbourne Park of a fourth round spot in 2006 and 2010.

Kyrgios Australia's only seed in top 16

On the men's side, Nick Kyrgios enters as 14th seed and Bernard Tomic will be 27th seed, matching their world rankings.
Crucially, Kyrgios' seeding inside the top 16 means he will not have to play anyone ranked above him until the fourth round.

Australian Open men's seeds:

  • 1 - Andy Murray (GBR)
  • 2 - Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  • 3 - Milos Raonic (CAN)
  • 4 - Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • 5 - Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • 6 - Gael Monfils (FRA)
  • 7 - Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • 8 - Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • 9 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  • 10 - Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Others: 14 - Nick Kyrgios (AUS), 17 - Roger Federer (SUI), 27 - Bernard Tomic (AUS).

Fellow Australian Tomic, who has fallen from his career peak of world number 17, is not so lucky, and could face a top-10 player in the third round.
Fan favourite Roger Federer will play as the 17th seed, matching the number of grand slams he has won as he pursues a fifth Australian Open title and first since 2010.
His seeding means he is on track to play a higher-ranked player after just two matches at Melbourne Park.
Each of the top 32 men are lining up at Melbourne Park, with world number 39 Juan Martin Del Potro the highest-profile non-attendee.
The seeds list confirms Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will both enter a grand slam as top seed for the first time.
Both became world number one at the end of 2016 and are favourites to win their tournaments.
The draw for the 128-player fields will take place on Friday at Melbourne Park.

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