Serena named top seed

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: August 20 2014, 18:01 BST

World number one Serena Williams has been named as top seed for the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Serena Williams: Top seed at the US Open
Serena Williams: Top seed at the US Open

The American will be bidding for a record-equalling sixth title when the action gets under way at Flushing Meadows.

Chris Evert currently holds the Open-era record of six titles at the New York Grand Slam tournament.

Williams, who has suffered early exits in each of the first three Slams of 2014, is seeded to face Romania's French Open finalist Simona Halep in the final.

The world number three is the second seed due to the recent withdrawal of world number two Li Na due to a knee injury.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Agneiszka Radwanska are third and fourth seeds with French Open champion Maria Sharapova only fifth, meaning she could land in the same quarter of the draw as nemesis Williams. The draw will be made at 1700 BST on Thursday.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka, beaten by Williams in the final in each of the last two years, is seeded only 16th this year falling a lengthy injury absence earlier in the season.

As expected, the seedings reflect the current WTA rankings.

Full US Open women's singles seeding list:

1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Simona Halep, Romania
3. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
5. Maria Sharapova, Russia
6. Angelique Kerber, Germany
7. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada
8. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
9. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
10. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
11. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
13. Sara Errani, Italy
14. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
15. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
16. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
17. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia
18. Andrea Petkovic, Germany
19. Venus Williams, United States
20. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
21. Sloane Stephens, United States
22. Alize Cornet, France
23. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
24. Samantha Stosur, Australia
25. Garbine Muguruza, Spain
26. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
27. Madison Keys, United States
28. Roberta Vinci, Italy
29. Casey Dellacqua, Australia
30. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic
31. Kurumi Nara, Japan
32. Shuai Zhang, China