| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that world number one-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark has been named the top seed in women’s singles at the 2011 U.S. Open, set for Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase. Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, is the top seed at the Open for the second consecutive year and is seeking her first Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki is followed by number two seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who reached the final of both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon last year. Former U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia (2006) is seeded third, followed by the number four seed, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Three-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is seeded 28th.

For 2011, the U.S. Open followed the WTA rankings to determine the women’s singles seeds. This is the 10th consecutive year that the U.S. Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

“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 U.S. Open,” said Jim Curley, U.S. Open tournament director and chief professional tournaments officer for the USTA.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic is seeded fifth, and 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China is seeded sixth. Last year's French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Marion Bartoli of France are seeded seventh and eighth, respectively.

The singles draws for the 2011 U.S. Open will be revealed live during a one-hour special edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, Thursday, Aug. 25 at noon ET. Defending U.S. Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal will make an appearance from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.