American Serena Williams Is Top-Seeded Woman at U.S. Open Tennis

Four-time champion Serena Williams will be the women’s No. 1 seed at the U.S. Open, the last of the tennis season’s four annual Grand Slam tournaments.

Williams, a 31-year-old American who is the defending champion and ranked No. 1 in the world, has won 77 of her last 81 matches and will be seeking her second major title of the year after winning the French Open in June.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the reigning Australian Open champion and the U.S. Open runner-up last year, is seeded No. 2. Maria Sharapova of Russia is third, followed by Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

No. 16 Sloane Stephens and No. 24 Jamie Hampton are the only other American women in the seedings announced today by the U.S. Tennis Association. The seedings followed the world rankings.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia was announced yesterday as the men’s top seed for the tournament, which is scheduled to run Aug. 26 to Sept. 9 in New York.

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