Ser­ena, No­vak top seeds for US Open

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

WASH­ING­TON — Ser­ena Wil­liams and No­vak Djokovic will be the top seeds in the women's and men's sin­gles draw at the US Open.

Wil­liams, who re­mains No 1 in the world, is a six-time US Open win­ner and un­sur­pris­ingly takes top seed in the women's draw af­ter win­ning 33 out of her 38 matches this year.

An­other grand slam vic­tory at Flush­ing Mead­ows would see Wil­liams pass St­effi Graff as the woman with the most ma­jor ti­tles in the Open era.

Like Wil­liams, Djokovic is the top ranked men's player in the world and it came as no sur­prise to see him con­firmed as top seed for the tour­na­ment that starts on Au­gust 29.

The Ser­bian goes into the US Open with a record of 51-5 in 2016 af­ter an­other re­mark­able year to date, in which he has landed two grand slams in Australia and France.

Andy Mur­ray takes sec­ond spot be­hind Djokovic af­ter his Wim­ble­don

and O l ymp i c heroics, while Stan Wawrinka, Rafa Nadal and Mi­los Raonic make up the rest of the top five. Roger Fed­erer misses the tour­na­ment due to in­jury.

In the women's draw, An­gelique Ker­ber, who won this year's Aus­tralian Open ti­tle, takes sec­ond seed­ing fol­lowed by Gar­biñe Mugu­ruza, Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska and Si­mona Halep.

Ser­ena's sis­ter Venus Wil­liams just misses out on the top five but the sixth seed will be con­fi­dent she has a chance, hav­ing won the tour­na­ment two times pre­vi­ously. — Sport24.

Ser­ena Wil­liams

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