As the Australian Open fast approaches, it’s time to consider which 32 women’s players will be seeded at the first Grand Slam of the year.
World No.1 Iga Swiatek will assume the mantle as first seed and will be overwhelming favourite to win her first major at Melbourne Park.
The Sporting News examines the women’s seedings process at the Australian Open.
How do the Australian Open seedings work?
Just like the other three Grand Slams, the Australian Open uses the current WTA women’s rankings to determine the women’s seed order – which is 32 players.
Organisers usually take the WTA rankings from the previous Monday before the tournament begins.
French Open and US Open have had the same system for seedings in recent times, but Wimbledon only recently moved over to it in 2021.
Until the 2021 tournament, Wimbledon organisers had used a computer-based system favouring grass court results to decide the seedings, giving players who had gone far at Wimbledon the previous year an advantage.
Tennis rankings Australian Open 2023
The women’s seedings at the Australian Open will likely not exactly reflect the women’s WTA rankings as there could be several injured players in the top 32 players.
Currently, the top 32 WTA ranked players are slated to play in the Australian Open, but there has been high-profile withdrawals from Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams.
Several players outside of the top 32 will likely be seeded because of injured and absent players.
Predicted women’s Australian Open 2023 singles seedings
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