The 32 seeds for both the men’s and women’s singles draws were announced on Tuesday, as a full complement of the game’s top players descends on New York for the 2018 US Open. The seedings are based on the Aug. 20 edition of the ATP and WTA rankings. 

Serena Williams, who missed last year’s tournament as she gave birth to her daughter, returns as the No. 17 seed. The six-time champion is the only player in either draw seeded above her ranking.

“After balancing a variety of factors, including her return to competition following the birth of her daughter, her recent hard-court performance this summer and recognition of her achievements at the US Open, the USTA has moved Serena Williams’ seeding nine spots, from 26 to 17," said Managing Director of Corporate Communications Chris Widmaier. "We feel this is the appropriate decision, one that recognizes Serena and is fair to the remaining seeded players.”

At No. 17, Williams will be in line to face a Top 16 opponent in the third round, should the seeds hold.

Kiki Bertens, who won her first WTA Premier 5 title on Sunday in Cincinnati, moved up four places in the latest edition of the rankings to earn the No. 13 seed. Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, a semifinalist in Cincinnati, will be seeded at a Slam for the first time in her career, after her ranking improved by nine spots to a career high of No. 25.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic moved up four spots to No. 6, thanks to his ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati on Sunday. The title also competed a Career Golden Masters for the Serb, as he became the first man in history to win all nine Masters events. Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov were the other big movers near the top of this week’s rankings, each moving up four spots themselves, to No. 25 and 28, respectively.

Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is seeded third for 2018, the highest he has been seeded in his nine New York appearances.

See below for the complete list of seeded players.

2018 US Open Women's Singles Seeds

1. Simona Halep, Romania
2. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
3. Sloane Stephens, United States
4. Angelique Kerber, Germany
5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
6. Caroline Garcia, France
7. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
8. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
9. Julia Goerges, Germany
10. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia
11. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
12. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
13. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
14. Madison Keys, United States
15. Elise Mertens, Belgium
16. Venus Williams, United States
17. Serena Williams, United States
18. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
19. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia
20. Naomi Osaka, Japan
21. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania
22. Maria Sharapova, Russia
23. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
24. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
25. Daria Gavrilova, Australia
26. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
28. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
29. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
30. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
31. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia
32. Maria Sakkari, Greece



2018 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
4. Alexander Zverev, Germany
5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
6. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
8. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
9. Dominic Thiem, Austria
10. David Goffin, Belgium
11. John Isner, United States
12. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
13. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
14. Fabio Fognini, Italy
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
16. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
17. Lucas Pouille, France
18. Jack Sock, United States
19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
20. Borna Coric, Croatia
21. Kei Nishikori, Japan
22. Marco Cecchinato, Italy
23. Hyeon Chung, South Korea
24. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegovina
25. Milos Raonic, Canada
26. Richard Gasquet, France
27. Karen Khachanov, Russia
28. Denis Shapovalov, Canada
29. Adrian Mannarino, France
30. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
31. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
32. Filip Krajinovic, Serbia