Revealed: No surprises atop US Open seedings
SERENA Williams has been seeded 17th at this year's US Open one place below her sister Venus.
Serena, who finished runner-up at Wimbledon this year after losing to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final, is ranked world No. 26 in the world, nine places below the seeding she has been awarded.
The current WTA rankings are the usual criteria to decide seeding in the women's draw.
Williams, who has won the US Open six times and will turn 37 next month, missed last year's tournament because of pregnancy.
In June, United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams said the US Open would revise seedings to take into account the effect of pregnancy on the current rankings of players.
Adams' comments came in the wake of widespread criticism of tennis officials after Serena was denied a seeding at this year's French Open, her first grand slam after returning to the sport.
Romanian Simona Halep is the top seed in the women's draw with defending champion Sloane Stephens at number three, ahead of Kerber, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2016.
There were no surprises on the men's side with world number one and defending champion Rafa Nadal named top seed, ahead of Roger Federer and Argentine Juan Martin del Porto in third.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who heads to Flushing Meadows in arguably his best form since returning from a troublesome elbow injury, is seeded sixth, a place below big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.
John Isner is the highest-seeded American in the men's draw at number 11.
Australia's No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has been named 18th seed at this year's US Open.
The US Tennis Association says the world No. 13 will be joined by her compatriot Daria Gavrilova, who was named 26th seed at the grand slam. The only seeded Australian on the men's side of the draw will be 30th seed Nick Kyrgios.
1. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
3. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
4. Alexander Zverev (Germany)
5. Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
6. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
7. Marin Cilic (Croatia)
8. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
9. Dominic Thiem (Austria)
10. David Goffin (Belgium)
11. John Isner (United States)
12. Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain)
13. Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
14. Fabio Fognini (Italy)
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
16. Kyle Edmund (Great Britain)
17. Lucas Pouille (France)
18. Jack Sock (United States)
19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain)
20. Borna Coric (Croatia)
21. Kei Nishikori (Japan)
22. Marco Cecchinato (Italy)
23. Hyeon Chung (South Korea)
24. Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
25. Milos Raonic (Canada)
26. Richard Gasquet (France)
27. Karen Khachanov (Russia)
28. Denis Shapovalov (Canada)
29. Adrian Mannarino (France)
30. Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
31. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
32. Filip Krajinovic (Serbia)
1. Simona Halep (Romania)
2. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
3. Sloane Stephens (United States)
4. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
5. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
6. Caroline Garcia (France)
7. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
8. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
9. Julia Gorges (Germany)
10. Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)
11. Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
12. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
13. Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)
14. Madison Keys (United States)
15. Elise Mertens (Belgium)
16. Venus Williams (United States)
17. Serena Williams (United States)
18. Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
19. Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia)
20. Naomi Osaka (Japan)
21. Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania)
22. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
23. Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)
24. CoCo Vandeweghe (United States)
25. Daria Gavrilova (Australia)
26. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
28. Anett Kontaveit (Estonia)
29. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
30. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)
31. Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia)
32. Maria Sakkari (Greece)