Serena Williams seeded 28th at U.S. Open

Serena Williams was seeded 28th for the U.S. Open, which stuck with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players' past performances.

That decision means Williams could face one of the Grand Slam tournament's top eight seeded players as early as the third round.

The 29-year-old American leads active women with 13 major championships, including three at Flushing Meadows — in 1999, 2002 and 2008. She recently won consecutive hard-court tuneup tournaments at Stanford and Toronto, making her one of the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which starts next Monday.

Her older sister Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, isn't seeded at all for the U.S. Open, which she won in 2000 and 2001; she's ranked 36th this week.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, is also No. 1 in the women's singles seedings announced Tuesday, followed by Vera Zvonareva, last year's losing finalist.

Two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who is ranked No. 3, will miss the tournament this year with a stomach muscle injury. Fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova, the 2006 champion in New York, moves up to third in the seedings.

The men's seedings are to be announced today, and the draw for the year's last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday.

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