Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Victoria Azarenka of Belaru plays a forehand in her third round match against Tathiana Garbin of Italy during day six of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open, with 2006 champion Maria Sharapova at No. 3, and three-time winner Serena Williams at No. 4. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings Wednesday, strictly following this week's WTA rankings. Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January, is followed by No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon last month. Defending U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur is seeded seventh, and three-time winner Kim Clijsters is No. 23. Venus Williams, who won the Open in 2000 and 2001, is ranked 47th and is unseeded. The USTA said Tuesday that Roger Federer is seeded No. 1 among the men. The draw is Thursday. Play begins Monday.
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