MASON, OH - AUGUST 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point against Gael Monfils of France during the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2011 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

U.S. Open 2011: Full Draws For Tournament Released

The complete draw for the 2011 U.S. Open was released on Thursday. No. 1 Novak Djokovic begins the quest for his third Grand Slam title of the season on Monday.

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2011 U.S. Open Women's Draw And Seed Projections

With Rafael Nadal pulling numbered chips out of the U.S. Open trophy, the seeds have been placed into the 2011 U.S. Open Women's Singles draw. The seeds project the following quarterfinal match-ups:

  • No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) vs. No. 6 Li Na (China)
  • No. 4 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) vs. No. 7 Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
  • No. 5 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) vs. No. 3 Maria Sharapova (Russia)
  • No. 8 Marion Bartoli (France) vs. No. 2 Vera Zvonareva (Russia)

The draw sets up potential rematches of two memorable Grand Slam encounters from earlier this year in the quarterfinals. Li Na saved a match point against Caroline Wozniacki in beating her in the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open, and Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title by defeating Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon final in July.

The intrigue surrounding this draw did not have to do with where the top eight seeds were placed, however, but which one of them No. 28 seed Serena Williams would be set to face in the third round. That unlucky top seed is No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, whom Serena beat in the semifinals of Toronto earlier this month. Serena faces up-and-coming Serbian Bojana Jovanovski in the first round.

Venus Williams, who is unseeded, faces Vesna Dolonts in the first round, but then has the difficult task of playing No. 21 seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round. Lisicki, who made the semifinals of Wimbledon this year as a wild card, is one of the few women on tour who can match the Williams sisters' in terms of serve velocity and aces.

The full draw can be found here.

Follow SB Nation's storystream for the 2011 U.S. Open for continuing coverage of the year's final Grand Slam.


U.S. Open 2011: Novak Djokovic Is Top Seed; Rafael Nadal Is No. 2

To the surprise of almost no one, Novak Djokovic was named the No. 1 seed of the 2011 U.S. Open. Djokovic is currently the ATP's top-ranked player and the U.S. Open went directly off those rankings to determine their 32 seedings. Rafael Nadal, the tournament's defending champion, was named the No. 2 seed; five-time U.S. Open winner Roger Federer was named the No. 3 seed; and 2008 runner-up Andy Murray is the No. 4 seed. Mardy Fish is the top seeded American at No. 8, with Andy Roddick (No. 21) and John Isner (No. 28) being the only other Americans to be seeded.

The No. 1 U.S. Open seeding is merely a continuation of what has been an amazing year for Djokovic, who has compiled a 57-2 record heading into the tournament. Of his nine titles this season, five were ATP World Tour Master Series events and two were grand slams -- the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Djokovic now has three grand slams in his career. He has twice advanced to the finals of the U.S. Open, falling to Nadal last year and to Federer in 2007.

2011 US Open Men's Singles Seeds

1.      Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2.      Rafael Nadal, Spain 
3.      Roger Federer, Switzerland
4.      Andy Murray, Great Britain 
5.      David Ferrer, Spain
6.      Robin Soderling, Sweden
7.      Gael Monfils, France
8.      Mardy Fish, United States 
9.      Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
10.    Nicolas Almagro, Spain
11.    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
12.    Gilles Simon, France 
13.    Richard Gasquet, France
14.    Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
15.    Viktor Troicki, Serbia
16.    Mikhail Youzhny, Russia 
17.    Jurgen Melzer, Austria
18.    Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina
19.    Fernando Verdasco, Spain
20.    Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia
21.    Andy Roddick, United States
22.    Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine
23.    Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic
24.    Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina 
25.    Feliciano Lopez, Spain
26.    Florian Mayer, Germany
27.    Marin Cilic, Croatia
28.    John Isner, United States
29.    Michael Llodra, France
30.    Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia
31.    Marcel Granollers, Spain
32.    Ivan Dodig, Croatia 

For the latest on the U.S. Open, make sure to follow this story stream. For more tennis news and analysis, be sure to check out The Daily Forehand.

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