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Caroline Wozniacki and Williams sisters begin Wimbledon quest

Caroline Wozniacki and the Williams sisters, along with a host of other contenders, are competing for Wimbledon championships this year. The top seed on the ladies side of the draw is Caroline Wozniacki.

By Staff / June 20, 2011

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball during a training session on a practice court the day before the start of the 2011 Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 19.

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The world's most prestigious tennis tournament is celebrating a major milestone this year, with another strong field of men and women contenders.

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Wimbledon is marking its 125th anniversary at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, outside of London.

On the ladies side of the draw, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark has been awarded the tournament's top seed, followed by Vera Zvonareva of Russia. Zvonareva defeated American Alison Riske, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, in Monday's first round.

China's Li Na, who is coming off her historic French Open victory, is the third seed at Wimbledon.

Former Wimbledon ladies champions Serena and Venus Williams are also expected to make some noise. Venus is seeded 23rd and beat Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-1, Monday.

Serena, the tourney's seventh seed, is trying to come back from injury and illness since her fourth Wimbledon singles championship early last July.

Men's defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain won his first round match Monday, beating Michael Russell of the US in straight sets.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who had his 43-match winning streak ended by Roger Federer at the French Open, is seeded second. Federer, the former six-time Wimbledon men's champion, is the third seed in the men's draw.

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