World No. 1 and two-time defending champion Serena Williams leads a star-studded women’s field for the 2014 US Open.
Williams will be joined by reigning French Open and 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova, reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, two-time US Open champion Venus Williams and former Open winners Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The 2014 US Open will be played Aug. 25 through Sept. 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open women’s singles championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.
Also entered are current world No. 3 Simona Halep, the French Open runner-up and Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon); No. 6 Sharapova, of Russia; and No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, who reached her first Grand Slam singles final this summer at Wimbledon and also advanced to the semifinals of the French Open and Australian Open this year.
Current world No. 2 Li Na withdrew on July 31 due to injury.
Rounding out the top players are No. 8 Angelique Kerber, of Germany a two-time US Open semifinalist (2011-12); No. 9 Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, a former world No. 1 and US Open finalist (2008), and No. 10 Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion (2012-13) who has been the US Open runner-up to Williams each of the last two years.
Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy.
France’s Virginie Razzano, ranked No. 105, was the last player accepted directly into the original women’s field of 128. Two players withdrew from the original list due to injury: No. 82 Alisa Kleybanova, of Russia, and No. 90 Victoria Duval, of the U.S. One player is using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw: No. 40 Romina Oprandi, of Switzerland.
Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held Aug. 19-22, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
In addition to Venus and Serena Williams, nine other American players have gained direct acceptance into the main draw: No. 22 Sloane Stephens, No. 27 Madison Keys, No. 41 CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 43 Alison Riske, No. 44 Lauren Davis, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko, No. 51 Christina McHale, No. 76 Vania King and No. 104 Shelby Rogers.
The July 14 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.
Ed. note: This story was amended on July 31 to reflect Li's withdrawal.