Nadal top seed in men’s draw, Federer second and Del Potro third
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 21/08/18 6:20pm
Serena Williams has been seeded 17th for the US Open, nine spots higher than her current ranking of No 26, while Rafael Nadal is top seed in the men’s draw.
The US Tennis Association announced the seedings for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles on Tuesday.
Simona Halep is the women’s top seed with Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki second, American home-favourite Sloane Stephens third and Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber seeded fourth.
In the men’s draw, world No 1 Nadal is top seed, Roger Federer is seeded second and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who won his only Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in 2009, is third.
Citi Open champion Alexander Zverev – who is chasing his maiden Grand Slam title – is seeded fourth while British No 1 Kyle Edmund is seeded 16th, following news that he will feature for Team Europe at next month’s Laver Cup.
Fifth seed in the women’s draw is Petra Kvitova, sixth seed is Caroline Garcia while the No 7 and No 8 spots go to Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova respectively.
Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson is seeded fifth in the men’s draw and he was defeated in the All England Club final by Novak Djokovic – who is seeded sixth – with Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov seeded seventh and eighth respectively.
Williams was put one place behind her older sister, Venus, with the draw for the tournament taking place on Thursday and play beginning on August 27.
This will be Williams’ third Grand Slam since she gave birth to her daughter during the 2017 US Open last September, before dealing with subsequent health complications.
The 23-time major champion, who turns 37 next month, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in July.