Not long after the Wimbledon seedings were announced Wednesday, the women's field was shaken up as No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium withdrew a day after injuring her right foot at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.
"At this moment I feel frustrated that it has to happen now before one of my favorite tournaments," Clijsters said in a statement. "I've always enjoyed being a part of the Wimbledon atmosphere but I have no other choice now but to rest, recover and to not play tennis for a few weeks.”
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki remains seeded No. 1, but the rest of the seeded players move up a notch. That includes defending champion Serena Williams, who is now seeded seventh, 19 spots higher than her world ranking.
Venus Williams is now the No. 23 seed, 10 places above her world ranking. Both Williams sisters, who have won nine of the last 11 Wimbledon titles, have just returned from extended layoffs due to injuries and other medical issues.
"The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw," said organizers of the two-week tournament that starts Monday at the All England Club. "The only changes this year are Serena Williams and Venus Williams. ... This reflects the balance between their proven records and also their lack of competitive play in the past 12 months."
See the complete men's and women's Wimbledon seedings below (world ranking in parenthesis).