World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have been named the top seeds for the US Open starting on Monday in New York.
Williams, winner of the last three women's singles crowns at Flushing Meadows and aiming to complete the first Grand Slam in 27 years, is followed on the seeding list by Romanian world number two Simona Halep, a 2014 French Open finalist. Russia's 2006 US Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is seeded third with 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark seeded fourth. Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer is the second seed on the men's side of the draw where the top-10 seeds feature five US Open champions and six major winners in all. In addition to 2011 champion Djokovic and Federer (2004-08), former US champions include third seed Andy Murray (2012), eighth seed Rafael Nadal (2010, 1013) and reigning champion, ninth seed Marin Cilic. Japan's Kei Nishikori, runner-up last year to Cilic, is seeded fourth, one spot ahead of reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. Bernard Tomic is Australia's only seed on the men's side, at 24th. Other prominent women's seeds include fifth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, followed at number six by compatriot Lucie Safarova, this year's French Open finalist. Australian Samantha Stosur, who won the US title in 2011, is seeded 22nd and 2012 and 2013 US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is seeded 20th. Two-time US winner Venus Williams is seeded 23rd and 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is seeded 30th. A victory for Serena Williams would make her the fourth woman to sweep all four slams in a single season - joining Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) - and just the sixth person in history - also alongside Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962, 1969). It would also be the American's seventh US Open singles crown, breaking her tie atop the all-time list with Chris Evert, and move her into a tie for second on the career grand slam singles list with Graf at 22, two behind Court. The singles draws for the 2015 US Open will be made at the National Tennis Centre on Thursday.