Reigning champ Serena is top seed at Wimbledon

Updated: June 19, 2013

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Red-hot world No. 1 Serena Williams has
been installed as the top seed at Wimbledon, which will get underway Monday at
on the famed grass courts at the venerable All England Club.

Williams is the reigning Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open champion, with
only this year’s Australian Open championship eluding her grasp at the last
four Grand Slam events. The American superstar is a sizzling 74-3 since losing
to Virginie Razzano in the opening round at last year’s French Open.

The 31-year-old Williams is a 16-time major singles champion, with five of her
wins coming at Wimbledon. She beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in last year’s
finale at the All England Club and topped former No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the
French Open final two weeks ago.

Williams is followed by former world No. 1, second-seeded Aussie Open champ,
and 2012 U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka, the former Wimbledon winner
Sharapova, Radwanska, and former French Open runner-up Sara Errani, who’s
seeded fifth.

Seeds six-through-10 are former French Open champ and this year’s Aussie
runner-up Li Na, Angelique Kerber, 2011 Wimbledon titlist Petra Kvitova,
former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, and Maria Kirilenko.

Williams, her fellow career Grand Slam winner Sharapova, and Kvitova are the
only former champions in this year’s Wimbledon field, as five-time champ Venus
Williams pulled out on Tuesday because of a back injury.

The 2013 Wimbledon draw will be held on Friday.