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Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1 for US Open

/ 10:32 AM August 24, 2016

STILL NUMBER 1 Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. AP FILE PHOTOS

STILL NUMBER 1 Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. AP FILE PHOTOS

NEW YORK— Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men.

Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore.

Williams could have been overtaken atop the WTA rankings by No. 2 Angelique Kerber but stayed at No. 1 this week. The U.S. Tennis Association adhered to the men’s and women’s rankings in announcing the seedings Tuesday.

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This is the fifth time Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows; she has won the tournament six times. Last year, she was stunned in the semifinals by Roberta Vinci, stopping the American’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Garbine Muguruza is seeded No. 3, and Agnieszka Radwanska is No. 4.

Djokovic, the defending champion, is followed by No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 Rafael Nadal.

The draw for the year’s last major tennis tournament is Friday. Play begins Monday.

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