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U.S. Open 2019 seeds announced - Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka take top spots

Andrew Hendrie in News 22 Aug 2019
  • 2019 U.S. Open seeds announced
  • Djokovic and Osaka top seeds as they look to defend titles
Naomi Osaka (PA Images)

Defending champions and World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been confirmed as the top seeds for the 2019 U.S. Open, which begins on August 26.
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It’s been a whirlwind last 12 months for Djokovic and Osaka as the pair return to the U.S. Open to defend their respective titles as the top seeds.

Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slams and has been the undisputed World No. 1 since the end of last season, while Osaka is 14-0 in her last two hardcourt majors after adding the Australian Open to her trophy cabinet at the start of the season - and after a difficult period since January, she’s back at No. 1 as she attempts to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time.


Djokovic comes into the U.S. Open on the back of winning his fifth Wimbledon title last month, but he was upstaged in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals by Daniil Medvedev in his only lead-in tournament. Medvedev, who is the form player on tour at the moment, warmed up for the U.S. Open by finishing runner-up in Washington and Montreal, before claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title last week in Cincinnati, rising to a career-high No. 5 and securing that seeding as a result.

Montreal Masters champion Rafael Nadal is the second seed as he bids for a fourth U.S. Open crown after being forced to retire in the semi-finals last year, with five-time champion Roger Federer (third seed) and Indian Wells winner Dominic Thiem (fourth seed) rounding out the top five.

Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista Agut make up the remainder of the top 10. Former champions Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka are No. 22 and No. 23 seeds respectively, former runner-up Kevin Anderson is No. 16 and the dangerous Nick Kyrgios is No. 28.


Meanwhile, Osaka arrives back in New York without a top 20 win to her name since January, but a renewed love for the game after a difficult last few months could propel her back to her best form. The Japanese conquered Serena Williams in a now-infamous final last year and backed it up by winning the Australian Open to launch 2019.

Serena, who finished runner-up at Wimbledon and the Rogers Cup, retiring at the latter due to a back injury, picks up the No. 8 seed, meaning she can’t face any of the top eight before the quarter-finals. The American will once again be aiming to capture an elusive 24th major crown in New York.


French Open champion and former No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is the second seed, followed by 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova at No. 3 and Wimbledon winner Simona Halep at No. 4. Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens round out the rest of the top eight, while recently-crowned Cincinnati champion and 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys is No. 10. Sloane Stephens, who beat Keys for the 2017 title, is No. 11, while rising star and Rogers Cup and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu is No. 15.

Check out the full U.S. Open seedings for the men and women below:

Men

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
11. Fabio Fognini, Italy
12. Borna Coric, Croatia
13. Gael Monfils, France
14. John Isner, United States
15. David Goffin, Belgium
16. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
17. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia
18. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada
19. Guido Pella, Argentina
20. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
21. Milos Raonic, Canada
22. Marin Cilic, Croatia
23. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
24. Matteo Berrettini, Italy
25. Lucas Pouille, France
26. Taylor Fritz, United States
27. Dusan Lajovic, Serbia
28. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
29. Benoit Paire, France
30. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
31. Cristian Garin, Chile
32. Fernando Verdasco, Spain

Women

1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States
11. Sloane Stephens, United States
12. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia
13. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
14. Angelique Kerber, Germany
15. Bianca Andreescu, Canada
16. Johanna Konta, Great Britain
17. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic
18. Qiang Wang, China
19. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
20. Sofia Kenin, United States
21. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
22. Petra Martic, Croatia
23. Donna Vekic, Croatia
24. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
25. Elise Mertens, Belgium
26. Julia Goerges, Germany
27. Caroline Garcia, France
28. Carla Suárez Navarro, Spain
29. Su-Wei Hsieh, Chinese Taipei
30. Maria Sakkari, Greece
31. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
32. Dayana Yastremska, Ukraine


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U.S. Open 2019 seeds announced - Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka take top spots

Defending champions and World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been confirmed as the top seeds for the 2019 U.S. Open, which begins on August 26.

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