Serena Williams No. 17 seed for US Open, 1 spot behind Venus

Serena Williams No. 17 seed for US Open, 1 spot behind Venus
FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams returns the ball to Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Serena Williams was seeded No. 17 for the U.S. Open, higher than her current ranking of No. 26. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Serena Williams was seeded No. 17 for the U.S. Open, nine spots higher than her current ranking of No. 26.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles on Tuesday.

Williams was put one place behind her older sister, Venus.

The draw for the tournament is Thursday. Play begins Monday.

This will be the third Grand Slam tournament of Williams’ return to competition since she gave birth to a daughter during the 2017 U.S. Open last September, then dealt with health complications.

The 23-time major champion, who turns 37 next month, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in July.

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