World No 1 Serena Williams, trying to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam at the US Open, could face sister Venus in the quarterfinals and Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.
The draw conducted Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium set the path for Williams to try and make more tennis history as she seeks a 22nd career Grand Slam singles crown to match the Open Era record total of Steffi Graf.
Williams will open against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko and could face Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded 15th, is a possible round of 16 foe for Williams, with her elder sister or Swiss teen Belinda Bencic – who beat Williams in the Toronto semifinals earlier this month – possible quarterfinal opponents.
Sharapova is in Williams’ half of the draw as well with Romania’s second-seeded Simona Halep or Danish fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki her highest-rated potential finals foes.