US Open 2012: Azarenka tops Radwanska & Sharapova in seedings

World No1 Victoria Azarenka is named top seed for the 2012 US Open ahead of Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova

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Victoria Azarenka currently leads the WTA rankings by 910 points Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Despite her consecutive losses to Serena Williams in the semis of Wimbledon and the Olympics, Victoria Azarenka’s consistency since she opened 2012 with four straight titles saw her regain the No1 ranking in time to earn the top seeding for the US Open.

Agnieszka Radwanska, who rose steadily through 2012 to a career high No2 this July, takes the second spot. The Pole, though, withdrew from New Haven this week with a shoulder injury.

Maria Sharapova, who briefly took the No1 ranking along with her win at the French Open this year, is seeded No3, but she too comes to New York after an extended bout of illness that saw her withdraw from Montreal and Cincinnati.

Three-time US Open champion, as well as Wimbledon champion and winner of Olympic gold this summer, Williams is the No4 seed.

Williams was runner-up in New York last year to Samantha Stosur, who will defend the 2011 title as the No7 seed.

One of the most significant names in the draw is another three-time US Open champion. Kim Clijsters will be the No23 seed in this, her last, US Open appearance.

The twice US champion Venus Williams, though climbing the rankings fast to No47 this week, is the only unseeded former champion in the field. It was here last year that she discovered she had a debilitating condition that has severely affected the last 12 months.

There are three British women inside the top 100 and thus in the main draw, though none is ranked high enough to be seeded. Heather Watson leads the group at 70, followed by Anne Keothavong and Laura Robson at 80 and 91 respectively.

Unfortunately, the woman who has been a direct entry to the main draw of the last two US Opens, Elena Baltacha, will not play this year. She has won only five matches on the main WTA tour this season, three of them during the home grass season, and she revealed at Wimbledon that she needed surgery on an ankle.

Baltacha is one of a clutch of withdrawals that includes Kaia Kanepi, ranked 15, Vera Zvonareva, No16, Flavia Pennetta, 18, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, 48. It means that Jelena Jankovic, despite her ranking of 34, has just made the seedings at 31.

One welcome returner to the draw, though, will be Andrea Petkovic, who has missed most of the season first with a back injury and latterly with an ankle injury. She returned to tournament play last week, but with a current ranking of 43, she will not be seeded.

The list of absentees has left room for a number of wild cards that include: Greta Arn, Mallory Burdette, Julia Cohen, Casey Dellacqua, Victoria Duval, Nicole Gibbs, Sesil Karatantcheva, Johanna Larsson, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Kristina Mladenovic, Garbine Muguruzam and Melanie Oudin.

US Open 2012: Women’s Seeds

1 Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

2 Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

3 Maria Sharapova, Russia

4 Serena Williams, United States

5 Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

6 Angelique Kerber, Germany

7 Samantha Stosur, Australia

8 Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

9 Li Na, China

10 Sara Errani, Italy

11 Marion Bartoli, France

12 Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

13 Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

14 Maria Kirilenko, Russia

15 Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic

16 Sabine Lisicki, Germany

17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18 Julia Goerges, Germany

19 Nadia Petrova, Russia

20 Roberta Vinci, Italy

21 Christina McHale, United States

22 Francesca Schiavone, Italy

23 Kim Clijsters, Belgium

24 Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic

25 Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium

26 Monica Niculescu, Romania

27 Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain

28 Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic

29 Jie Zheng, China

30 Tamira Paszek, Austria

31 Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

32 Varvara Lepchenko, United States

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