Three-time defending champion Roger Federer and 2003 winner Justine Henin have been installed as top seeds for the U.S. Open, which begins next Monday.
Both players are ranked No. 1 in the world. Federer currently holds the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and is the top men's seed for a fourth consecutive year.
Federer, who already has five titles this season, beat American Andy Roddick in the 2006 final. The super Swiss will try to become the first man to win four straight titles in
The 11-time Grand Slam event champion, Federer, who has held the No. 1 ranking since January 2004, picked up his 50th career title on Sunday by topping American James Blake at the Cincinnati Masters.
Henin, a six-time titlist in 2007, including Sunday's championship in
Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the reigning French Open champ, is seeded second among the men, followed by Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, Roddick and Blake.
Known mostly as a clay-court specialist, Nadal hasn't advanced past the quarterfinals in four tries at the U.S. Open. Although he has been the runner- up at
Roddick was the 2003 champion in
Following Henin is Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic of
Serena Williams is seeded eighth, while her sister, Venus, is 12th. They have combined for four U.S. Open titles, from 1999-2002. A left wrist injury forced Venus out of the tournament last year, while Serena exited in the fourth round, beaten by Amelie Mauresmo of