Serena is top seed at Aussie Open

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Melbourne, Australia ( - Five-time champion Serena Williams is the top seed at the Australian Open, which will commence Monday in Melbourne.

The world No. 1 great is followed by former champion, two-time Aussie runner- up and reigning French Open titlist Maria Sharapova, French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova and former Aussie runner-up Ana Ivanovic. There are three current or former world No. 1s among the top-five seeds -- Williams, Sharapova and Ivanovic.

Seeds six through 10 are former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, last year's Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova. Last year's Aussie runner- up to Li Na, Dominika Cibulkova, is seeded 11th at the fortnight. Li retired from the WTA late last season.

Former No. 1 Venus Williams, fresh off her title in Auckland last week, is seeded 18th in Melbourne, while two-time Aussie champ Victoria Azarenka will not be seeded Down Under.

The draw will be announced on Friday.