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Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic named top seeds for 2008 US Open

May 25, 2008 01:18 PM

Reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion and new world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain and reigning French Open champion and world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia will be the top seeds at the 2008 US Open in men’s and women’s singles, respectively. The 2008 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 25 – September 7.

Nadal, the Olympic gold medalist in men’s singles in Beijing, is the No. 1 seed at the US Open for the first time. He will be followed by No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland, the four-time defending US Open champion; No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the reigning Australian Open champion; No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain; and No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Americans Andy Roddick of Austin, Texas, and James Blake of Tampa, Fla., are seeded 8 and 9, respectively.

Ivanovic, who won her first Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open, is followed by No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia; No. 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion; No. 4 seed Serena Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a two-time US Open champion and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles overall; and No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, the Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles. American Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is seeded 7.

No. 6 seed Dinara Safina of Russia clinched the 2008 Olympus US Open Series Bonus women’s title, and will play for a potential $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. The men’s winner will be crowned following this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Conn.

Nadal, 22, has won eight titles this year including the 30th of his career at the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati. He will attempt to become the first man to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969. On Monday, the five-time Grand Slam champion took over the No. 1 world ranking after holding the No. 2 ranking for a record 160 weeks.

Ivanovic, 20, has won two titles this year, including her first Gland Slam at Roland Garros. She also reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open.

For 2008, the US Open followed the ATP and WTA Tour rankings to determine the men’s and women’s singles seeds. This is the seventh consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

The singles draws for the 2008 US Open will be conducted Thursday, August 21 at 11 a.m. at the Times Center in New York City.

2008 US Open Women’s and Men’s Singles Seeds

Women

Men

1. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain

2. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

2. Roger Federer, Switzerland

3. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

4. Serena Williams, United States

4. David Ferrer, Spain

5. Elena Dementieva, Russia

5. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia

6. Dinara Safina, Russia

6. Andy Murray, Great Britain

7. Venus Williams, United States

7. David Nalbandian, Argentina

8. Vera Zvonareva, Russia

8. Andy Roddick, United States

9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

9. James Blake, United States

10. Anna Chakvetadze, Russia

10. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland

11. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic

11. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile

12. Marion Bartoli, France

12. Richard Gasquet, France

13. Agnes Szavay, Hungary

13. Fernando Verdasco, Spain

14. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

14. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

15. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland

15. Tommy Robredo, Spain

16. Flavia Pennetta, Italy

16. Gilles Simon, France

17. Alize Cornet, France

17. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina

18. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovak Republic

18. Nicolas Almagro, Spain

19. Nadia Petrova, Russia

19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

20. Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic

20. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany

21. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

21. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia

22. Maria Kirilenko, Russia

22. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

23. Lindsay Davenport, United States

23. Igor Andreev, Russia

24. Shahar Peer, Israel

24. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France

25. Francesca Schiavone, Italy

25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

26. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain

26. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia

27. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine

27. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

28. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia

28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic

29. Sybille Bammer, Austria

29. Juan Monaco, Argentina

30. Ai Sugiyama, Japan

30. Marin Cilic, Croatia

31. Virginie Razzano, France

31. Andreas Seppi, Italy

32. Amelie Mauresmo, France

32. Gael Monfils, France

 

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