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Azarenka Named 2012 US Open Women's Top Seed

August 22, 2012
All Three 2012 Grand Slam Champions Seeded Among Top Four

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 22, 2012 – The USTA announced today that world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has been named the top seed in women's singles at the 2012 US Open. The 2012 US Open will be played August 27 – September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women's Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Following Azarenka, the 2012 Australian Open champion, will be No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova of Russia, whose 2012 French Open title completed a career Grand Slam. Three-time US Open champion Serena Williams, the 2012 Wimbledon champion, is the No. 4 seed after winning singles and doubles gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London.

This year, the US Open followed the WTA rankings released Monday to determine the women's singles seeds. This is the 11th consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

Australia's Samantha Stosur will defend her 2011 US Open title as the No. 7 seed. Three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium, who has won 21 straight US Open matches, is the No. 23 seed in her final US Open appearance. Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams is the only former US Open champion unseeded in this field.

After Williams, the remaining seeded Americans are No. 21 seed Christina McHale and No. 32 seed Varvara Lepchenko.

The singles draws for the 2012 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The draw will be streamed live on Stosur and Novak Djokovic, the defending US Open champions, will make an appearance at the ceremony.

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2012 US Open Women's Singles Seeds

1. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

2. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

3. Maria Sharapova, Russia

4. Serena Williams, United States

5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

6. Angelique Kerber, Germany

7. Samantha Stosur, Australia

8. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

9. Li Na, China

10. Sara Errani, Italy

11. Marion Bartoli, France

12. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

13. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

14. Maria Kirilenko, Russia

15. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic

16. Sabine Lisicki, Germany

17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18. Julia Goerges, Germany

19. Nadia Petrova, Russia

20. Roberta Vinci, Italy

21. Christina McHale, United States

22. Francesca Schiavone, Italy

23. Kim Clijsters, Belgium

24. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic

25. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium

26. Monica Niculescu, Romania

27. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain

28. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic

29. Jie Zheng, China

30. Tamira Paszek, Austria

31. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

32. Varvara Lepchenko, United States

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