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Nadal, Halep named top seeds for Australian Open

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World number ones and have been named top seeds for the first major of the season, Australian Open, which will commence from January 15 at the Park.

Recently, Nadal made a rusty return from his injury-layoff as he slumped to a straight sets defeat to veteran Frenchman in the exhibition event at the Kooyong Classic in

In November, Nadal had announced the withdrawal from the ATP World Tour Finals citing a knee injury, which also forced him to subsequently pull out of Paris Masters.

The Spaniard was then scheduled to return to in the season-opening Brisbane International starting on January 1, but he withdrew from that as well.

19-time Grand Slam champion is placed as second seed while Bulgaria's and Germany's have been named third and fourth seed, respectively, the reported.

Meanwhile, former world number one and Japanese star will miss the first major of the season because of their

of is rounding off the top five seeds. He is followed by Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Jack Sock, Stan Wawrinka,

For women's singles event, is seeded second Garbine Muguruza followed by Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Karoliina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, CoCo Vandeweghe.

Meanwhile, champion opted out of the competition, saying that her preparations had fallen just short of what she needed to be competitive after giving birth in September.

It should be noted that the seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 16:15 IST