Defending champion is one of 10 American women accepted directly into the main draw of the 2013 US Open, the most of any country.
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By E.J. Crawford, USOpen.org
A resurgent year for American women’s tennis was highlighted Thursday with 10 U.S. players, including defending champion and four-time US Open winner Serena Williams, gaining direct entry into the main draw of the 2013 US Open.
Williams, the 2013 French Open champion and No. 1 player in the world, also was one of five former US Open women’s singles champions named to the field.
Joining Williams in the American contingent is her older sister, two-time US Open champion and current world No. 35 Venus Williams, as well as current world No. 16 Sloane Stephens, who this year reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, No. 29 Jamie Hampton, No. 36 Varvara Lepchenko, No. 44 Madison Keys, No. 55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands, No. 78 Mallory Burdette, No. 79 Christina McHale and No. 88 Lauren Davis.
In addition to Serena (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012) and Venus (2000-01), the other former US Open women’s singles champions entered are 2006 champion and current No. 2 Maria Sharapova, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2011 champion Samantha Stosur.
Other past Grand Slam tournament winners in the 2013 US Open field are world No. 3, two-time defending Australian Open champion and 2012 US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka; 2011 French Open champion and world No. 5 Li Na; 2013 Wimbledon champion and world No. 7 Marion Bartoli; 2011 Wimbledon champion and world No. 8 Petra Kvitova; 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone; and 2008 French Open champion and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.
Other notable entrants include world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up; No. 6 Sara Errani, runner-up at the 2012 French Open; No. 9 Angelique Kerber, a 2011 US Open semifinalist; and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 US Open runner-up.
Dinah Pfizenmaier, ranked No. 102, was the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Two players withdrew due to injury: No. 45-ranked Romina Oprandi and No. 53 Garbine Muguruza. Four players used protected rankings to gain direct entry: Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Petra Cetkovska and Alexandra Dulgheru.
Sixteen additional players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 20-23, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
The July 15 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main-draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.
The 2013 US Open marks the culmination of the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series
, the North American summer season of nine ATP World Tour and WTA events that begins Monday, July 22.
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