Djokovic, Osaka named US Open top seeds

Sports | AGENCIES 23 Aug 2019

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were named as top seeds for the US Open.

World no 1 Djokovic, who will be chasing a 17th Grand Slam singles title in New York starting Monday, heads the men's field with Spain's Rafael Nadal seeded second.

Roger Federer, seeking a 21st Grand Slam crown, is seeded third, followed by Austrian Dominic Thiem, Russia's Daniil Medvedev and Germany's Alexander Zverev..

In the women's draw, Osaka is ranked number one while 2018 runner-up Serena Williams is seeded eighth.

Japanese ace Osaka won her first Grand Slam title in a controversial final victory over Williams last year and then followed it up with her second Slam at the Australian Open in January.

The two other reigning Grand Slam champions are seeded in the top four, with French Open champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia seeded second and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania seeded fourth.

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