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Roddick, Henin-Hardenne named top seeds for Australian Open
Posted: Thursday January 15, 2004 1:26AM; Updated: Thursday January 15, 2004 1:27AM
Andy Roddick reached his first Grand Slam semi last year in Melbourne after outlasting Younes El Aynaoui in a match that lasted nearly five hours.
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) -- World number one Andy Roddick took his place on Thursday at the top of the draw for next week's Australian Open and his female counterpart Justine Henin-Hardenne was named top seed in the women's field.
Roddick, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, had a sparkling 2003, becoming the youngest American, at 21 years and two months, in the history of the ATP rankings to finish the year as world number one, and winning his first grand slam at the U.S. Open.
Defending champion Andre Agassi was named fourth seed. He is aiming to win a fifth title in Melbourne, having won in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
At 33 years and eight months, Agassi is the oldest direct entry in the men's draw and still the man to beat.
Seeded second is Wimbledon and Tennis Masters Cup champion Roger Federer, followed by French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, a quarter-finalist here last year.
Two Australians made the seeds, Mark Philippoussis at 10 and number 15 Lleyton Hewitt. Neither has been past the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
Philippoussis was a Wimbledon finalist last year and Hewitt will be desperate to add his home grand slam to the U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles already under his belt.
In the women's draw, French and U.S. Open champion Henin-Hardenne will top the Melbourne seedings for the first time. Her Belgian compatriot, Kim Clijsters, is seeded second.
Clijsters finished runner-up to Henin-Hardenne in both Paris and New York last year and her chances of going one better have not been helped by a foot injury which forced her out of warm-ups in Perth and Sydney.
Returning from an injury which kept her out of the game since the Wimbledon final in July she lost to sister Serena is Venus Williams. Last year's runner-up has been vaulted from her world ranking of 11 to number three seed under a WTA plan.
She will be keen to keep the Williams name in the winners' circle and add the Australian Open to her U.S. Open and Wimbledon successes.
France's Amelie Mauresmo is fourth followed by 2000 champion Lindsay Davenport at five.
The Australian Open draw will take place at Melbourne Park on Friday. The two-week grand slam begins on Monday.
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Australian Open men's seeds
2004-01-15 04:07:47 GMT (Reuters)
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) -
List of men's seeds for next week's Australian Open.
1. Andy Roddick (U.S.)
2. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
3. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
4. Andre Agassi (U.S.)
5. Guillermo Coria (Argentina)
6. Rainer Schuettler (Germany)
7. Carlos Moya (Spain)
8. David Nalbandian (Argentina)
9. Sebastien Grosjean (France)
10. Mark Philippoussis (Australia)
11. Tim Henman (Britain)
12. Nicolas Massu (Chile)
13. Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand)
14. Jiri Novak (Czech Republic)
15. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
16. Sjeng Schalken (Netherlands)
17. Martin Verkerk (Netherlands)
18. Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco)
19. Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
20. Tommy Robredo (Spain)
21. Mardy Fish (U.S.)
22. Agustin Calleri (Argentina)
23. Felix Mantilla (Spain)
24. Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
25. Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden)
26. Albert Costa (Spain)
27. Taylor Dent (U.S.)
28. Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
29. Vincent Spadea (U.S.)
30. Arnaud Clement (France)
31. Wayne Ferreira (South Africa)
32. Robby Ginepri (U.S.)