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Tennis: Serena Williams named US Open top seed

Published on Aug 21, 2014 1:05 AM
Serena Williams of the US reacts during a women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London on June 28, 2014. The World No. 1 is also the top seed for this year's US Open, which opens on Monday at Flushing Meadows. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Two-time defending champion Serena Williams was named the top seed Wednesday for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tennis showdown that opens Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

World No.1 Williams was also the US Open top seed in 2002 and 2013 and each time went on to win the title.

She also won the US Open crown in 1999, 2008 and 2012.

Williams is a five-time Wimbledon and Australian Open champion as well and also lists two French Open titles among her 17 Grand Slam singles crowns.

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