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    Serena Williams seeded No. 1 at US Open

    Serena Williams is going for a third straight US Open title. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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    Serena Williams is going for a third straight US Open title.

    NEW YORK — Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight US Open title.

    The US Tennis Association followed this week’s WTA rankings in announcing the seedings Wednesday.

    French Open runner-up Simona Halep was seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the US Open.

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    Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is seeded No. 3 with third-ranked Li Na out because of a knee injury. Agnieszka Radwanska moves up to No. 4.

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    Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova is seeded fifth, meaning there’s a chance she could face Williams in the quarterfinals. The runner-up the last two years, Victoria Azarenka, is seeded 16th after an injury-plagued season.

    Venus Williams is seeded 19th.

    The draw is Thursday, and the tournament starts Monday.