John McEnroe Tennis Academy
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters—who met in the women’s singles final at the 2009 U.S. Open—have been named the top seeds in women’s singles at the 2010 U.S. Open. The 2010 U.S. Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Aug. 30-Sept. 12.

Ranked number two in the world, Wozniacki is the top seed at a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career and is seeking her first Grand Slam title. She will be followed by Clijsters of Belgium, the defending U.S. Open Champion. Wozniacki and Clijsters lead the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this year with three singles titles each. Two-time U.S. Open champion Venus Williams of the United States is seeded third and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up, is seeded fourth. The world’s number one-ranked player, Serena Williams, was forced to withdraw from this year’s Open due to injury.

After a breakthrough season in 2009 in which she won three titles and reached her first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, Wozniacki has continued her strong play in 2010 with three more titles, including a victory at the 2010 Rogers Cup, an Olympus U.S. Open Series event in Montreal. She is also the number one seed at this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Conn., where she is the two-time defending champion.

In addition to Clijsters and Venus Williams, former U.S. Open champions seeded at this year’s tournament are number 11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and number 14 seed Maria Sharapova. Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, is seeded sixth.

For 2010, the U.S. Open followed the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings to determine the women’s singles seeds. This is the ninth consecutive year that the U.S. Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

The singles draws for the 2010 U.S. Open will be revealed live on the U.S. Open Draw Announcement Special on ESPN2, Thursday, Aug. 26, at noon ET. Chris McKendry will host the one-hour show from Bristol, Conn., along with U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez and Brad Gilbert. U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe will lead the on-site coverage from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

2010 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Seeds

1. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
2. Kim Clijsters, Belgium
3. Venus Williams, United States
4. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
5. Samantha Stosur, Australia
6. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
7. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
8. Li Na, China
9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
10. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
11. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
12. Elena Dementieva, Russia
13. Marion Bartoli, France
14. Maria Sharapova, Russia
15. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium
16. Shahar Peer, Israel
17. Nadia Petrova, Russia
18. Aravane Rezai, France
19. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
20. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
21. Zheng Jie, China
22. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain
23. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
24. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic
25. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania
26. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
27. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
28. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia
29. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine
30. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan
31. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia
32. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

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