Novak Djokovic, Serena top seeds
World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named the top seeds on Wednesday for next week’s Australian Open, but two-time champion Victoria Azarenka did not make the top 32. Djokovic is bidding for a fifth title at Melbourne Park after crashing in the quarterfinals last year to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka, while Williams is gunning for a sixth Australian crown. Evergreen Roger Federer, who has a record 17 Grand Slam titles, is the second seed ahead of injury-plagued Rafael Nadal, Wawrinka and Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Maria Sharapova takes the number two seeding among the women, ahead of Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova. Men: 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2 Roger Federer (SUI) 3 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6 Andy Murray (GBR) 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) 9 David Ferrer (ESP) 10 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Women: 1 Serena Williams (USA) 2 Maria Sharapova (RUS) 3 Simona Halep (ROM) 4 Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5 Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 6 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 7 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 8 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 9 Angelique Kerber (GER) 10 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS).