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Gavrilova gains from Aust Open withdrawals

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Ben McKay

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

World No.8 Madison Keys (wrist), No.11 Petra Kvitova (hand) and No.14 Victoria Azarenka (maternity leave) confirmed their absence from the first grand slam of the season starting on Monday.

The withdrawals ensured world No.25 Gavrilova, who captured fans' attention with her run to the Australian Open fourth round last year, was installed as the No.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 is ranked No.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 fourth round in 2006 and 2010.

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.

Fellow Australian Tomic, who has fallen from his career peak of world No.17, isn't 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's 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 No.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 No.1 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.

LEADING AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2017 SEEDINDS

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).

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).

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