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World No. 1’s Roger Federer and Justine Henin Named Top Seeds

August 21, 2007 10:51 AM


2006 US Open champion, Roger Federer

Henin in action

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – The USTA announced that three-time defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland and reigning French Open champion and world No. 1 Justine Henin of Belgium will be seeded No. 1 at the 2007 US Open in men’s and women’s singles, respectively.  The 2007 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 27 – September 9. 

Federer, the reigning US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, is the No. 1 seed at the US Open for the fourth consecutive year.  He will be followed by No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, the reigning French Open champion; No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia; No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia; No. 5 Andy Roddick of Austin, Texas; and No. 6 James Blake of Fairfield, Conn. 

Henin, the 2003 US Open champion, is followed by No. 2 seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia; No. 3 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia; No. 4 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion; and No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.   

Defending US Open champions Federer and Sharapova clinched the 2007 US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge men’s and women’s titles, and will both play for a potential $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open.   

Federer, 26, has won five titles this year including the 50th of his career at the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati.  He will attempt to become the first man to win four consecutive US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.  The eleven-time Grand Slam champion has held the No. 1 world ranking since January 2004. 

Henin, 25, has won six titles this year, including the 35th title of her career on Sunday in Toronto.  Henin, the 2003 US Open champion, was a finalist at the 2006 US Open.  The six-time Grand Slam champion won her fourth French Open title in May. 

For 2007, the US Open followed the ATP and WTA Tour rankings to determine the men’s and women’s singles seeds.  This is the sixth consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

The singles draws for the 2007 US Open will be conducted Wednesday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at the Empire State Building in New York City. 

2007 US Open Women’s and Men’s Singles Seeds 

1.     Justine Henin, Belgium
2.     Maria Sharapova, Russia
3.     Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
4.     Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
5.     Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
6.     Anna Chakvetadze, Russia
7.     Nadia Petrova, Russia
8.     Serena Williams, United States
9.     Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic
10.    Marion Bartoli, France
11.    Patty Schnyder, Switzerland
12.    Venus Williams, United States
13.    Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic
14.    Elena Dementieva, Russia
15.    Dinara Safina, Russia
16.    Martina Hingis, Switzerland
17.    Tatiana Golovin, France
18.    Shahar Peer, Israel
19.    Sybille Bammer, Austria
20.    Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
21.    Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine
22.    Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia
23.    Tathiana Garbin, Italy
24.    Francesca Schiavone, Italy
25.    Mara Santangelo, Italy
26.    Sania Mirza, India
27.    Vera Zvonareva, Russia
28.    Ai Sugiyama, Japan
29.    Samantha Stosur, Australia
30.    Agnieska Radwanska, Poland
31.    Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain
32.    Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands 

1.      Roger Federer, Switzerland
2.      Rafael Nadal, Spain
3.      Novak Djokovic, Serbia
4.      Nikolay Davydenko, Russia
5.      Andy Roddick, United States
6.      James Blake, United States
7.      Fernando Gonzalez, Chile
8.      Tommy Robredo, Spain
9.      Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
10.    Tommy Haas, Germany
11.    Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
12.    Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia
13.    Richard Gasquet, France
14.    Guillermo Canas, Argentina
15.    David Ferrer, Spain
16.    Lleyton Hewitt, Australia
17.    Carlos Moya, Spain
18.    Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus
19.    Andy Murray, Great Britain
20.    Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina
21.    Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain
22.    Paul-Henri Mathieu, France
23.    Juan Monaco, Argentina
24.    David Nalbandian, Argentina
25.    Marat Safin, France
26.    Jarkko Nieminen, Finland
27.    Dmitry Tursunov, Russia
28.    Nicolas Almagro, Spain
29.    Filippo Volandri, Italy
30.    Robin Soderling, Sweden
31.    Potito Starace, Italy
32.    Jurgen Melzer, Austria

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