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US Open: Sania faces Sprem in 1st round

Sania Mirza was handed a relatively easy first round outing as she was drawn to play 50th ranked Karolina Sprem at the US Open, starting on Monday.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 15:00 IST

Sania Mirza was on Thursday handed a relatively easy first round outing as she was drawn to play 50th ranked Karolina Sprem at the US Open, starting on Monday.

The 19-year old Indian featured in the bottom quarter of the women's singles draw which also featured second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and the seventh seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

A victory over Sprem of Croatia, who has a best ever ranking of 11, could see Sania, world ranked 44, play 14th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

French world number one Amelie Mauresmo, also the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, is the top seed while Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, and Svetlana Kuznetsova have been seeded three to six in that order.

Following is a list of the women's singles seeds for the US Open:

1. Amelie Mauresmo (France)
2. Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium)
3. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
4. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
5. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
7. Patty Schnyder (Switzerland)
8. Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
9. Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic)
10. Lindsay Davenport (U.S.)
11. Anastasia Myskina (Russia)
12. Dinara Safina (Russia)
13. Mary Pierce (France)
14. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
15. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany)
16. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
17. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)
18. Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
19. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
20. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
21. Shahar Peer (Israel)
22. Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia)
23. Anna Chakvetadze (Russia)
24. Li Na (China)
25. Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain)
26. Marion Bartoli (France)
27. Tatiana Golovin (France)
28. Ai Sugiyama (Japan)
29. Zheng Jie (China)
30. Venus Williams (U.S.)
31. Nathalie Dechy (France)
32. Elena Likhovtseva (Russia)