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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Open seeds announced

The USTA announced the seeds for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded sixth in the women's bracket, is the highest seed among the players in the Pilot Pen.

No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 10 Flavia Pennetta, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 14 Marion Bartoli, No. 16 Virginie Razzano, No. 17 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 28 Sybille Bammer, No. 30 Alona Bondarenko and No. 32 Elena Vesnina are the women's seeds who are still alive in the New Haven main draw as of 2 p.m.

Nikolay Davydenko, who just wrapped up a marathon first-set tiebreaker against American Robert Kendrick, is the No. 8 men's seed. Spain's Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo are seeded 10th and 14th while Americans Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish (who will wrap up tonight's play against Rajeev Ram) are seeded 22nd and 25th. Victor Hanescu (No. 28) and Igor Andreev (No. 29) are others in contention for the Pilot Pen title who will be seeded in the final Grand Slam of 2009. Former Fairfield resident James Blake is seeded 21st.

The U.S. Open draws will be conducted at noon on Thursday.


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