US Open 2011: Wozniacki heads women’s seeds
World No1 is top seed in New York for second year running; Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is No5
Despite the continued absence of a Grand Slam from her CV and a shaky run in the US Open Series, world No1 Caroline Wozniacki will be top seed in New York for the second successive year.
The huge machine that is the US Open has begun to build a head of steam as it rushes towards its first main-draw matches on Monday next, 29 August.
Never mind that Winston Salem is hosting the last men’s event of the Open Series as we speak””with significant names such as Andy Roddick, Jurgen Melzer, Alexandr Dolgopolov, John Isner and eight more top-50 players trying to make last minute adjustments to their hard-court games.
Never mind that the eight seeded women in New Haven are all drawn from the top 20, including world No1 Caroline Wozniacki.
The media are in from Cincinnati, the qualifying rounds are under way at Flushing Meadows and, to cap it all, New York has injected a bit more spice with a minor earthquake””just to keep everyone on their toes.
The Manhattan tremor, though, was overshadowed by another tremor as Tuesday revealed the USTA’s deliberations on the women’s seedings for the main draw.
Despite rumours in””and indeed some encouragement from””the tennis world that Serena Williams might be promoted beyond her No29 ranking to take account of two back-to-back titles in the last month following her year-long absence with injury, the list conformed to the letter of the world rankings.
Tournament director, Jim Curley, gave the simple explanation: “After careful deliberation regarding Serena Williams’ seeding, we decided to maintain the objective criteria in place to determine the women’s singles seeds at this year’s US Open.”
It means that Wozniacki will be top seed despite a very shaky US Open Series season: She has won just a single match since her fourth-round exit from Wimbledon and lost her opening matches in Toronto and Cincinnati.
All eyes will therefore be following her progress in Connecticut later tonight””assuming the event keeps to its earthquake-shaken schedule.
Wozniacki was a finalist in New York in 2009, a semi-finalist last year, and reached the semis on Australia’s hard court this year, but a Grand Slam title continues to elude her.
It remains to be seen whether her recent separation from her father-coach will lift her confidence when it comes to the big stage this time.
But if betting odds are any guide to who the real favourite is, then Serena Williams will turn her No28 seeding on its head to win her fourth US title and her 14th Grand Slam. Second favourite is the season’s most recent Premier title winner, Maria Sharapova, a three-time Slam champion.
A further three Slam winners trail Wozniacki in the seedings: Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Francesca Schiavone.
2011 US Open Women’s Singles seeds
1. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
2. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
3. Maria Sharapova, Russia
4. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
6. Na Li, China
7. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
8. Marion Bartoli, France
9. Samantha Stosur, Australia
10. Andrea Petkovic, Germany
11. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
12. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
13. Shuai Peng, China
14. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
15. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
16. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
18. Roberta Vinci, Italy
19. Julia Goerges, Germany
20. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium
21. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia
22. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
23. Shahar Peer, Israel
24. Nadia Petrova, Russia
25. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
26. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
27. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
28. Serena Williams, United States
29. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia
30. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain
31. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia
32. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain