US Open 2014: Serena Williams heads women’s singles seeds

US Open 2014: Serena Williams is named as the women's top seed for next week's tournament at Flushing Meadows

Serena Williams has been named as the women’s top seed for next week’s US Open.

The 32-year-old world No1 is seeded first at Flushing Meadows for the third time, and she won the title on both prior occasions in 2002 and 2013.

French Open finalist Halep is the second seed ahead of Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who won her second Wimbledon title this summer.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland is seeded fourth, while reigning French Open and 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova is fifth.

World No2 Li Na withdrew from the final Grand Slam of the year back in July due to a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka, who has reached the US Open women’s final each of the last two years, is seeded 16th, while two-time US Open champion Venus Williams is 19th.

The US Open followed the WTA rankings released on Monday to determine the women’s singles seeds. This is the 14th consecutive year that the US Open seeded 32 players in both singles events.

US Open 2014: Women’s singles seeds

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

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