Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic top-seeded players for Western & Southern Open

Big surprise.

The No. 1 tennis players in the world, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, will be the top seeds for the upcoming Western & Southern Open.

These two have combined to win 106 career titles (Williams 61, Djokovic 45), including 24 at Grand Slams (Williams 17, Djokovic 7). They've also combined for a total of 306 weeks, or nearly six years, at the top of the rankings, including 200 by Williams alone.

The tournament will take place Aug. 9 through Aug. 17 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Williams, the runner-up at the W&S Open in 2013, is the No. 1 seed in the women's tournament for the second year in a row. She is 11-4 in her five previous appearances in Mason.

The current top-ranked player in the world, Williams is one of seven players in the 2014 field to have held the No. 1 spot at one point during their career.

Williams is joined by No. 6 seed and 2011 champion Maria Sharapova, No. 8 and 2009 champion Jelena Jankovic, ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki and unseeded Venus Williams. Defending W&S Open champ Victoria Azarenka is the No. 10 seed in the field.

Djokovic will be the men's top seed for the third time.

A four-time finalist at the Western & Southern Open, he would complete a Career Golden Masters with a championship in Mason, as it would give him at least one title at each of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He is 21-9 lifetime in the tourney.

Five-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer, who owns a 32-8 record at the event, will be the second seed for the tournament. This marks the 13th time the Swiss national has been seeded, which ties him with Andre Agassi for the most times being seeded in tournament history.

Federer was given the No. 2 seed despite being the third-ranked player in the world behind Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the field last week due to a wrist injury. Federer's countryman, Stan Wawrinka, is seeded fourth.


"To see these names on the seeding lists affirms just how strong the fields are," said tournament director Vince Cicero. "It is incredibly challenging to play the Western & Southern Open because you are likely going to play top caliber talent in every single match throughout the week."

There are 16 seeds in each draw, with the top eight seeds receiving byes to advance directly into the second round.

Even with the byes, Cicero says each round of the tournament will feature elite-level talent capable of producing upsets and great tennis to watch.

"That consistent level of competition during the entire tournament is a great asset for our fans who will see world class tennis no matter which day they attend the event," Cicero said.

The seeds are subject to change with any changes to the field before it is finalized at the making of the draw on Friday evening.






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