World number ones Serena Williams, aiming to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in 27 years, and Novak Djokovic have been named the top seeds for the US Open championships starting on Monday in New York.
Williams, winner of the last three US women’s singles crowns at Flushing Meadows, is followed on the seeding list by number two Simona Halep of Romania, a 2014 French Open finalist.
A victory for Serena Williams would make her the fourth woman to sweep all four Slams in a single season, joining Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).
It would also be the American’s seventh US Open singles crown, breaking her tie atop the all-time list with Chris Evert, and move her into a tie for second on the career grand slam singles list with Graf at 22, two behind Court