"After careful deliberation regarding Serena Williams' seeding, we decided to maintain the objective criteria in place to determine the women's singles seeds at this year's Open," U.S. Open tournament director Jim Curley said when the seeds were announced yesterday. Williams is now ranked number 29 in the world, but moved to the 28th spot at the Open because of the withdrawal of Kim Clijsters. Moving into the top 32--because of the withdrawals of Clijsters and Alisa Kleybanova--are Kaia Kanepi and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Williams is the winner of the 2011 U.S. Open Series, so bonus money (perhaps a lot of it) will come her way should she advance to the latter part of the tournament. Williams' only competition for the U.S. Open Series title was Agnieszka Radwanska, but Radwanska would had to have reached the New Haven final in order to win the series.