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Williams seeded No. 1 for US Open, Bouchard ranked No. 7

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The Canadian Press
8/20/2014 3:22:30 PM
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NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title.

Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard, who has reached the semi-final or better in each Major this year, is seeded No. 7.

The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week's WTA rankings in announcing the seedings Wednesday.

French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is seeded No. 3 with third-ranked Li Na out because of a knee injury. Agnieszka Radwanska moves up to No. 4.

Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova is seeded fifth, meaning there's a chance she could face Williams in the quarterfinals. The runner-up the last two years, Victoria Azarenka, is seeded 16th after an injury-plagued season.

Venus Williams is seeded 19th.

The draw is Thursday, and the tournament starts Monday.

Eugenie Bouchard (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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