Dinara Safina, the top-ranked player in women’s tennis, will be the No. 1 seed when the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. starts Monday. The Moscow native goes into the Open having been a finalist at this year’s Australian and French Opens and a semifinalist at Wimbledon. Her first opponent in the upper half of the women’s draw will be Australian Olivia Rogowska. Her draw includes No. 5 Jelena Jankovic, a former world No. 1 Olympic gold medalist, fellow Russians Elena Dementieva, the fourth seed, No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and three-time major champion Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams, an 11-time major champion and the second seed, and sister Venus, the third seed, will play in the draw’s bottom half with seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters.Â Dinara Safina has been ranked the #1 seed in this year’s US Open, sparking some controversy in the tennis world as many believe Serena Williams should be the top seed.Â Safina is currently the #1 ranked player in the WTA rankings, because of their very particular way of calculating things, butÂ Serena Williams has been in top form recently, and it is suggested that realistically she should not be ranked behind Safina, who has never won a grand slam tournament.Â Even some pro tennis players including Venus Williams have questionedÂ Dinara Safina’s #1 status. But the good thing about sports is, both Safina and her critics will have a chance to show and prove, out on the court! Hopefully Safina and Serena will meet up in the open. I’ll be putting my money on Serena.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were No. 1 and No. 3 Thursday when seedings were announced for the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The event starts Monday.Â Federer, the winner five straight times, begins his title defense in the upper draw against little-known Devin Britton.Â The all-time men’s leader with 15 Grand Slam titles has not lost at the Open since 2003, the year fifth-seeded Andy Roddick captured his only Grand Slam championship.Â Federer’s draw includes Roddick, fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic and No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko.Â Roddick lost the men’s Wimbledon final to Federer in five sets in July.Â Nadal, the Australian Open winner who has missed most of the season with sore knees, faces Richard Gasquet in the first round. His draw includes No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.At Wimbledon, Federer officially earned the right to be called the greatest player of all time as he set the all-time Grand Slam record of 15 major titles with a tight, hard-fought, five-set victory over Andy Roddick. The win, which also re-earned him the No. 1 world ranking, came just a few short weeks after the great Swiss tied the record when he completed the career Grand Slam with his first French Open title and talk began that he was officially back atop the world of tennis greatness.Â But for all those milestones, they might not be the biggest or most important accomplishments of the last few weeks for Federer. Roger and his wife Mirka became parents for the first time on July 23, 2009, when Mirka gave birth to healthy twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.Â They will all be with him in New York for the 2009 US Open, as Federer attempts to become the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win six consecutive US Opens. He enters Flushing Meadows as the favorite after a dominating victory at the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters that included wins over both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.