WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 18, 2013 – The USTA announced today that world No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams leads the women’s field for the 2013 US Open Tennis Championships. Joining Williams will be 100 of the world’s top 102 women, including reigning Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, as well as former US Open champions Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur.
In all, 38 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Ten U.S. women received direct entry into the main draw—the most of any country. Six Americans are ranked in the Top 50.
The 2013 US Open will be played August 26 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.
Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who backed up her Olympic gold medal and Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2012 with a French Open title in 2013, a run that included a stretch where she went 77-4 in singles play. Overall, she has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles and won her fourth US Open crown last year, tying her for third with Martina Navratilova for most US Open women’s singles titles in the Open Era behind Steffi Graf (5) and Chris Evert (6).
World No. 2 and 2006 US Open champion Sharapova won her last Grand Slam title at the 2012 French Open, completing the career Grand Slam with the win. She also reached the final of the 2013 French Open, losing to Serena Williams.
World No. 3 Azarenka won her second consecutive Australian Open singles title this year. She was the runner-up to Serena Williams in last year’s US Open final and reached the semifinals of the 2013 French Open. Azarenka held the No. 1 ranking for the first half of the year in 2012.
World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska pushed Serena Williams to three sets in the 2012 Wimbledon final and became the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam singles final. This year, she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and the French Open.
Following Williams, Sharapova, Azarenka, and Radwanska are: No. 5 Li Na of China, who won the 2011 French Open singles title, making her Asia’s first and only Grand Slam singles champion; No. 6 Sara Errani of Italy, who was a runner-up at the 2012 French Open and reached the semifinals of the 2012 US Open; No. 7 Marion Bartoli of France, who won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this year; No. 8 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion; No. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany, a 2011 US Open semifinalist; and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the 2009 US Open runner-up and a two-time US Open semifinalist.
Altogether, there are 11 players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers competing in the US Open this year, including former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, who won the 2008 French Open, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.
Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany, ranked No. 102, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Two players have withdrawn due to injury—Romina Oprandi of Switzerland (No. 45, right shoulder) and Garbine Muguruza of Spain(No. 53, right foot). Additionally, four players used protected rankings to gain direct entry—Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, who is making a return to the WTA tour after suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada; Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic; and Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 20-23, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
In addition to Serena Williams, other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include: No. 16 Sloane Stephens of Coral Springs, Fla.; No. 29 Jamie Hampton of Auburn, Ala.; No. 35 Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; No. 36 Varvara Lepchenko of Allentown, Pa.; No. 44 Madison Keys of Boca Raton, Fla.; No. 55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix; No. 78 Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga.; No. 79 Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; and No. 88 Lauren Davis of Boca Raton, Fla.
Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the fourth annual US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments.
The July 15 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.
The 2013 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of nine ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin this Monday, July 22. The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world and will again be broadcast domestically on CBS Sports, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel, with international broadcasts reaching 180 countries. In 2012, Andy Murray captured his first US Open singles title and first Grand Slam singles title, defeating Novak Djokovic in five sets. In the women’s singles final, Serena Williams captured her fourth US Open singles title, defeating No. 1 seed Azarenka.
The 2013 US Open will be held Monday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept. 9. Tickets for the 2013 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.