New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Five-time champion Serena Williams is the top seed for the U.S. Open, which will begin Monday in Flushing Meadows.
The world No. 1 great has won the last two Opens by beating former top- ranked star Victoria Azarenka in a pair of finals. The powerful American has reached the last three finals in Flushing, having finished as a runner-up in 2011.
Williams is followed in the seedings by French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova, who was a U.S. Open champ in 2006.
Seeds 6-through-10 in New York will be Angelique Kerber, Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, former U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic and former Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.
Five of the top-10 seeds -- Williams, Sharapova, Ivanovic, Jankovic and Wozniacki -- are former or current world No. 1s.