Wimbledon 2018 | Where the seeds may fall as Serena William is seeded on her return

By Ros Satar

  • The All England Club announced the seedings for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
  • Serena Williams is seeded 25 bumping Dominika Cibulkova out of the seedings altogether
  • There is no seeding for Andy Murray, returning after his 11-month injury layoff
  • We break down who is where and who they could face at SW19
LONDON, UK – Serena Williams will be seeded 25 at this year’s Wimbledon as the All England Club review their policy for the seven-time champion on her return.


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The seeding ‘tradition’ has felt as old as time, but since 2002 it has not been required following an agreement with the ATP. Instead a formula is used, to more accurately reflect an individual player’s grass court achievements.

  • Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points from 25 June 2018
  • Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months prior to that date
  • Add 75% of points earned for the best grass court tournaments in the 12 months before that

For the Ladies’ seeding, the order usually follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw. In 2017, there were no changes but with the return of 2016 champion Serena Williams, the committee have determined she will be seeded No. 25.


Who is seeded for Wimbledon 2018, who could they face?


Roger Federer is the defending champion, with reigning Roland Garros women’s champion Simona Halep as World No. 1 in the top spot,  and opposite from the No. 2 seeds.

[1] Roger Federer Simona Halep

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[2] Rafael Nadal Caroline Wozniacki

Occupies the bottom place in the draw, opposite from the World No. 1.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[3] Marin Cilic Garbiñe Muguruza
[4] Alexander Zverev Sloane Stephens

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[5] Juan Martin Del Potro Elina Svitolina
[6] Grigor Dimitrov Caroline Garcia
[7] Dominic Thiem Karolina Pliskova
[8] Kevin Anderson Petra Kvitova

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 9-12 in the fourth round and 1-4 in the quarter-finals


[9] John Iser Venus Williams
[10] David Goffin Madison Keys
[11] Sam Querrey Angelique Kerber
[12] Novak Djokovic Jelena Ostapenko

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 5-8 in the fourth round


[13] Milos Raonic Julia Goerges
[14] Roberto Bautista Agut Daria Kasatkina
[15] Diego Schwartzman Elise Mertens
[16] Nick Kyrgios Coco Vandeweghe

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 1-4 in the fourth round


[17] Borna Coric Ashleigh Barty
[18] Lucas Pouille Naomi Osaka
[19] Jack Sock Magdalena Rybarikova
[20] Fabio Fognini Kiki Bertens
[21] Pablo Carreno Busta Anastasija Sevastova
[22] Kyle Edmund Johanna Konta
[23] Adrian Mannarino Barbora Strycova
[24] Richard Gasquet Maria Sharapova

Will face players seeded 9-16 in the third round


[25] Kei Nishikori Serena Williams
[26] Hyeong Chung Daria Gavrilova
[27] Philipp Kohlschreiber Carla Suárez Navarro
[28] Denis Shapovalov Anett Kontaveit
[29] Damir Dzuhmur Mihaela Buzarnescu
[30] Filip Krajinovic Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova
[31] Marco Cecchinato Zhang Shuai
[32] Fernando Verdasco Agnieszka Radwanska

Will face seeded 1-8 in the third round.


Men’s Singles

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2017
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It is no surprise that Roger Federer, who managed to cling on to the World No. 1 for the all-important cut-off, will be the top seed, even though his loss in Halle saw Rafael Nadal reclaim the top spot, without having struck a ball in competition on the grass.

What is surprising is that the seeding formula was not applied for returning two-time champion Andy Murray. That being said, despite an opening win at the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne in the run up to Wimbledon, the former World No. 1 does not yet know if he will commit to Wimbledon.


Women’s Singles

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Seven-time champion and indeed the winner the last time she played at SW19, Serena Williams has been seeded 25. This is pretty significant as that section of the bracket will face seeds 1-8 in the third round.

A lot is being made of Maria Sharapova (also a former champion) being seeded (now as of right on her ranking, it should be noted) in No. 24 and should they both progress past the third and fourth rounds, could be drawn to face each other potentially from the fourth round onwards.

With Venus Williams seeded No. 9, again the earliest Serena could meet her is in the fourth round onwards – depending on the draw and who the bottom 16 end up against the top.

Spare a thought for Dominika Cibulkova, a two-time quarter-finalist who was ranked World No. 32 and as such was the final seed – Williams’ inclusion means she is bumped from the list (barring any further withdrawals).

Initially in her post match press conference after her loss to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber, she said: “For me it would be great if she’s not seeded, but I cannot do anything about that (smiling). So that’s their decision. They have the right to do it. So, what I can do, you know? Yeah, she won it so many times, so if I would be maybe 31 I would say, yeah, she has the right to be seeded (smiling).

“But it’s hard to say anything. It will be how it will be. I don’t want to just be so uptight with the seeding.. I had good results on the Grand Slams even I was not seeded, and I had bad result when I was seeded. So it’s all about a little bit of the luck in the draw and you still have to play good.

However, she asked to speak to selected members of the media after having had some time to consider the implications, given her position in the rankings.

She told the BBC: “I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s just not fair. I have tried, and I should be seeded. If they put her in front of me then I will lose my spot that I am supposed to have.”

The draw for the Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Singles will take place at 10am (BST), Friday 29 June.