- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

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NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Federer and Dinara Safina were seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open on Tuesday, with the U.S. Tennis Association following the ATP and WTA rankings.

The top-ranked Safina leads the women’s U.S. Open field, ahead of No. 2 Serena Williams. Safina is 0-3 in Grand Slam tournament finals, while Williams is the defending champion at Flushing Meadows and has won 11 major championships.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Venus Williams is seeded No. 3, followed by Beijing Olympics gold medalist Elena Dementieva and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic.

Maria Sharapova is seeded 29th. She won the 2006 U.S. Open for one of her three major titles, but missed the tournament last year because of a right shoulder injury. The Russian had surgery in October and a long absence from the tour dropped her ranking.

Five-time defending champion Federer is seeded No. 1 in New York for the fifth time. He is followed by new No. 2 Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick.

The draw will be announced Thursday, and the tournament begins Monday.

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