Henman given Wimbledon boost

Tim Henman goes into today's Wimbledon draw knowing that he cannot meet any of the top four seeds until the quarter-finals. The British No 1 has been seeded sixth - three spots above his world ranking - thanks to his record of four semi-finals at the All England Club.

Henman, a quarter-finalist for the past two years, is not in his best form. The 30-year-old from Oxfordshire lost to Thomas Johansson, of Sweden, in the quarter-finals of the Stella Artois Championships at London's Queen's Club last week and lost in the second round of the French Open by Peru's Luis Horna.

Roger Federer, aiming for a hat-trick of Wimbledon men's singles titles, is the top seed, with Andy Roddick, whom the Swiss master defeated in last year's final, seeded No 2.

Roddick, who last week won the Queen's title for the third year in a row, is seeded ahead of Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, the world No 2, who won Wimbledon in 2002. So, while Roddick cannot meet Federer until the final, Hewitt could play him in the semi-finals.

Rafael Nadal, the 19-year-old Spaniard who defeated Federer in the French Open semi-finals, is seeded fourth. If the Majorcan can adjust his hard-driving game to the lawns, he is another possible semi-final opponent for the champion.

Sébastien Grosjean, a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2004, is seeded ninth, in spite of a world rank of 26.

The women's singles has been seeded according to the world rankings, with Lindsay Davenport, the 1999 champion, at No 1, and Maria Sharapova, the defending champion No 2. The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, who dominated the tournament for four years from 2000, are seeded fourth and 14th respectively. Justine Henin-Hardenne, the French Open champion, is seeded seventh.

The third-seeded Amélie Mauresmo, of France, lost embarrassingly at Eastbourne yesterday in her first match on grass since last year's Wimbledon semi-final against Serena Williams.

Having arrived at the tournament seeking refuge after another poor performance on clay at the French Open, and given a bye in the first round, the top-seeded Mauresmo was defeated by an 18-year-old Russian qualifier, Vera Douchevina, 6-4, 6-4, ranked 54th.

"I played a very bad match," Mauresmo said. "She was much better than me. I could not find my rhythm. It was the sort of things that happens maybe twice a year, and this was one of those days."

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the defending champion at Eastbourne and the fifth seed for Wimbledon, narrowly avoided losing to her Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze, ranked 43rd.

The 18-year-old Chakvetadze, who led 5-3 in the deciding set, was unable to hold her nerve. Kuznetsova, the US Open champion, prevailed, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, taking the shoot-out 7-5.

"Everything was against me," Kuznetsova said. "Anna has played for two weeks on grass, and it was my first match. I have just practised for two days on grass courts. I ended up winning because I started to fight even though my tennis did not work out for me."

Alicia Molik, of Australia, ranked No 9, withdrew from both Eastbourne and Wimbledon yesterday because of an inner-ear infection.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Sport
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
tv
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
Sport
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits