Australian Open 2016 Draw Results: Full List of Seedings and Brackets

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Sep 11, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA celebrates a winner against  Roberta Vinci of Italy in the 3rd set on day twelve of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Ahead of Friday's main draw, all 32 seeds have been announced for the men's and women's sides at the 2016 Australian Open.   

To the surprise of no one, defending Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be the top seeds. That duo has a lot to live up to after they both won three major titles last year, but they've been playing at a level far beyond anyone else that they will handle the pressure just fine. 

Here's the full list of seedings for this year's Australian Open that begins on Jan. 18:

2016 Australian Open Seeds
Novak Djokovic1Serena Williams
Andy Murray2Simona Halep
Roger Federer3Garbine Muguruza
Stan Wawrinka4Agnieszka Radwanska
Rafael Nadal5Maria Sharapova
Tomas Berdych6Petra Kvitova
Kei Nishikori7Angelique Kerber
David Ferrer8Venus Williams
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga9Karolina Pliskova
John Isner10Carla Suarez Navarro
Kevin Anderson11Timea Bacsinszky
Marin Cilic12Belinda Bencic
Milos Raonic13Roberta Vinci
Gilles Simon14Victoria Azarenka
David Goffin15Madison Keys
Bernard Tomic16Caroline Wozniacki
Benoit Paire17Sara Errani
Feliciano Lopez18Elina Svitolina
Dominic Thiem19Jelena Jankovic
Fabio Fognini20Ana Ivanovic
Viktor Troicki21Ekaterina Makarova
Ivo Karlovic22Andrea Petkovic
Gael Monfils23Svetlana Kuznetsova
Roberto Bautista Agut24Sloane Stephens
Jack Sock25Samantha Stosur
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez26Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Grigor Dimitrov27Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Andreas Seppi28Kristina Mladenovic
Nick Kyrgios29Irina-Camelia Begu
Jeremy Chardy30Sabine Lisicki
Steve Johnson31Lesia Tsurenko
Joao Sousa32Caroline Garcia


Full Bracket

Women's Draw, per WTA Fan


Men's Draw, per Andrew Jerell Jones of the Guardian


Key Storylines

Women's Draw

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The 2016 Australian Open has not even started, yet there are a litany of health problems on the women's side that could greatly open up the field. 

According to Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports), the list of key women's players who have been hindered leading up to tennis' first major is a murderers' row group of players who would normally be among the list of favorites. 

World number one Serena Williams is chief among the injury concerns after she pulled out of the Hopman Cup exhibition tournament with a sore knee. But the 21-time Grand Slam-winner is not alone, with only her sister Venus and Flavia Pennetta -- who has retired -- unscathed among the women's top 10. Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova have all pulled out of build-up tournaments because of injury concerns.

The report also mentioned that Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber have been fighting gastroenteritis. Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open with a bacterial infection. 

It's unclear how much injuries to these players were the result of actual problems and how much they felt a twinge and wanted to make sure everything would be fine by the time the biggest major arrived. 

If things do work out according to seeds, the quarterfinals will look like this, per the Australian Open:

Sharapova vs. Williams is the headliner in that group, though that's been one of the most lopsided "rivalries" in sports, with Williams holding an 18-2 edge that includes 17 straight victories. 

Williams did end last year on the shelf with injuries, withdrawing from her final two tournaments, so she will be under the microscope. The world's top-ranked player did say leading up to the event she was feeling good, per the Herald Sun (via Adam Smith of the Daily Mail).

"My body is feeling great now, obviously I had a hiccup but right now it is doing much better. I've had a few days of training so it's looking good," Williams said.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times did include Williams in his list of winners coming out of the draw:

As long as Williams is standing, she will be the favorite to win. But there's a lot more depth on the women's side than there has been in a long time, so this could be the year for Simona Halep to get her first major victory or for Garbine Muguruza to advance to her first Australian Open final. 


Men's Draw

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The never-ending question in men's tennis is, when does Roger Federer's decline start? He's going to play most of this year at age 34, which is young by normal standards but ancient in the tennis world. 

Federer has been usurped by Djokovic in the rankings, but he's also gone three full seasons without winning a major. He's come close many times, losing three finals since 2014, but the fastball has lost a couple of miles per hour. 

While no one is specifically writing Federer's tennis eulogy heading into the Australian Open, there is more of talk around him that the end is coming. 

Here's what former player Younes El Aynaoui told ATP's YouTube channel (via Gatto Luigi of Tennis World USA) about Federer's career and future.

"For the way he plays he is near to do it, he is not far away," El Aynaoui said. " I hope we will see him playing for a few more years, it's amazing the way he hits the ball."

It's certainly a compliment to have players, both past and present, praise the job you've done, but it does sound like the expectation is Federer's end will come sooner than later. 

Last year's Australian Open was Federer's worst run in a Grand Slam tournament since 2013. He was knocked out in the third round by Andreas Seppi in four sets. He responded with a quarterfinal run in the French Open and a runner-up finish at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. 

Federer is set up to make a deep run, as ESPN Tennis points out he would have the second-easiest quarterfinal matchup if seeds hold:

Unfortunately, Djokovic would be waiting for Federer in the semifinals if things work out in the quarterfinals for the higher seeds. 

Things don't look easier for Rafael Nadal in his quest for a strong comeback season, with freelance sports writer Simon Cambers noting Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray are on the bottom half of the bracket with him. 

Depth isn't a strength for men's tennis right now. Djokovic is the best in the world by far. Murray had a terrific bounce-back season in 2015, reaching the semifinals in three majors. Wawrinka, who is seeded behind Federer in this tournament, is arguably the second-best men's player in the world and was the only person to defeat Djokovic in a major last year. 

Federer has proved he can withstand almost any challenge thrown in front of him. Time is the one thing no athlete can outrun. He's going to slow down at some point, but this year's Australian Open will provide the best evidence yet of how much is left in the tank.