Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Bad News for Top Women at Open: Serena Seeded 28th
Serena Williams was reportedly tearing up the dance floor over the weekend at the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding.
And she could be tearing up the women’s draw at the U.S. Open next week, too.
Serena, a three-time Open champ and 13-time Major winner, was seeded No. 28 on Tuesday.
When the draw comes out on Thursday, one unlucky woman among the top eight seeds could be looking at a third-round match against Serena.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, No. 2 Vera Zvonareva or No. 3 Maria Sharapova could be in for a very rude awakening. (Kim Clijsters, the two-time defending champ and No. 3-ranked player, withdrew because of a stomach-muscle injury.)
“After careful deliberation regarding Serena Williams’ seeding, we decided to maintain the objective criteria in place to determine the women’s singles seeds at this year’s U.S. Open,” tournament director Jim Curley said in a statement.
Serena missed nearly a year on tour after two foot operations and blood clots in her lungs, but she returned this summer to win back-to-back hardcourt tournaments at Stanford and Toronto.
She’s currently ranked 29th in the world, after falling to 175th in July.
Despite her low seed, she will enter the Open among the favorites to win it all — but she could take out some top seeds early along the way.
“It hurts the field is what it does,” 18-time Major champion Chris Evert said. “It really doesn’t hurt Serena as much as it hurts the other players. One of the top seeds will get her in the third round.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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