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.
It's Serena's Open to lose
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
There can be only one favorite at the U.S. Open ... and that's got to be the incomparable Serena Williams.
Serena shook off a stunning third-round loss at Wimbledon in late June by winning two of her last three tournaments, with the most-recent victory coming in Cincinnati last week. She also ran the table in Stanford earlier this month and was a semifinalist in Montreal two weeks ago before losing to her big sister, Venus.