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With Serena Williams out, Caroline Wozniacki is top U.S. Open seed

August 24, 2010 | 11:19 am

Wozniacki_400 When top-ranked Serena Williams, who has already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, withdrew last week from the U.S. Open because of a foot injury (she cut it on glass at a restaurant shortly after Wimbledon), the women's draw became more unpredictable than any other in recent memory.

Caroline Wozniacki, who is ranked second in the world and is coming off a big hardcourt tournament win at Montreal, where she beat Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva and La Costa winner Svetlana Kuznetsova on her way to the championship, and who was the 2009 Open runner-up, is seeded first with 2009 champion Kim Clijsters seeded second.

Two-time Open champion Venus Williams, whose most recent title at Flushing Meadow was in 2001, is seeded third, and Jelena Jankovic, the 2008 Open runner-up, is the fourth-seeded player.

The draw will take place Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT and will be televised live on ESPN2.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Caroline Wozniacki in the Rogers Cup final on Monday. Credit: Dave Sidaway / Postmedia News / MCT