World number one Serena Williams has been confirmed as the top seed for the US Open as she looks to win her third consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.
The 32-year-old American has won the final Grand Slam tournament of the year on the two previous occasions in which she has started as the top seed – in 2002 and 2013 – while she has also won the title in 1999, 2008 and 2012.
Williams, who has five Wimbledon and Australian Open titles respectively, in addition to two French Open crowns, is looking to win this tournament to move level with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on 18 Grand Slams, while having Steffi Graf’s record of 22 firmly in her sights.
However she will need to rediscover her top form which has deserted her so far this term, having failed to reach the last eight of the year’s first three majors.
French Open runner-up, Romania’s Simona Halep, is second seed with Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic third and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is fourth.
The 2006 US Open champion and current French Open winner Russia’s Maria Sharapova was made the fifth seed.
Williams is 2.50 to win the US Open with Sharapova 7.00 and Halep can be backed at 8.00.