U.S. Open: Serena Williams seeded No. 17, Rafael Nadal No. 1

U.S. Open: Serena Williams seeded No. 17, Rafael Nadal No. 1

U.S. Open: Serena Williams seeded No. 17, Rafael Nadal No. 1

Other than her, retired race vehicle driver Danica Patrick (USD 7.5 million) is the only non-tennis player in the top 10 list that is lead by Serena Williams for thr third consecutive year.

Serena Williams, who is aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at this year's US Open, was handed a hard path to the final after being drawn on Thursday in the same quarter as older sister Venus and world number one Simona Halep.

Even though she spent most of year adjusting to motherhood, Serena Williams is - according to Forbes - once again far and away the highest paid female athlete on Earth for the third straight year.

Second seed and two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki opens against 2011 victor Samantha Stosur, while reigning champion Sloane Stephens, who is seeded third, will begin her defense against Evgeniya Rodina.

Serena Williams, who was the only woman on the list the previous year, dropped out of the chart while taking time off to have a baby.

Indian badminton player PV Sindhu ($8.5 million) and retired race auto driver Danica Patrick ($7.5 million) were the only non-tennis players to crack the top 10, filling up the seventh and ninth spots, respectively.

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Williams, 36, has had a roller coaster return to tennis since the birth of her daughter.

In June, United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams said the US Open would revise seedings to take into account the effect of pregnancy on the current rankings of players.

The US great counts six US Open victories among her 23 Slams and with one more would match Australian Margaret Court's record for most major singles titles.

Men's defending champion Rafael Nadal has avoided the possibility of facing in form Novak Djokovic before the final.

Women's No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki faces 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

Venus, who won five of her seven Grand Slam singles trophies in NY, is ranked and seeded 16th.

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