No all-Williams final at U.S. Open
Last Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008 | 2:16 PM ET
Serena Williams, seen at the Beijing Games, will be aiming for her third career U.S. Open title. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)
Sisters Venus and Serena Williams met in the Wimbledon final but it won't happen again at the U.S. Open.
The Williams sisters could meet in the quarter-finals of the final Grand Slam of the year, according to the tournament draw released on Thursday.
Venus beat Serena at Wimbledon for her fifth career Wimbledon title. The sisters suffered disappointment in the singles draw of the Beijing Olympics, but added the second doubles gold medal of their career, after winning in Sydney in 2000.
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is the top women's seed at the Open. Her path to a second career Grand Slam title could include a battle with No. 6 Dinara Safina of Russia. Safina won silver at the Beijing Games, following up on Rogers Cup tournament win in Montreal.
Ivanovic is top women's seed despite a tough past two months, which saw her supplanted in the top spot of the rankings by countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
Federer, Djokovic may meet
Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who met in last year's U.S. Open final, would play this year in the semifinals if they meet at all. Federer is seeded second, one spot ahead of Djokovic.
Before they get there, one of them may have to contend with Andy Roddick. The eighth-seeded American skipped Beijing to prepare for the U.S. Open, which he has won before.
Canadian Frank Dancevic has a tough but winnable first match against No. 18 Nicolas Almagro of Spain. Should the Niagara Falls, Ont., native pull the upset, fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia looms in the third round.
Federer will be gunning for a fifth consecutive U.S. Open championship. He won doubles gold in Beijing with partner Stanislas Wawrinka.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal has on his half of the draw fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, James Blake of the United States, Andy Murray of Scotland and David Nalbandian of Argentina.
Nadal officially took over the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings on Monday, after Federer held the top spot a record 237 consecutive weeks.
Nadal has won major titles on clay, grass and hardcourts in the last three months, and has only lost to Djokovic, at the Cincinnati Masters. He avenged that defeat in the Olympic semifinals en route to winning the gold medal.
There will be a new women's champion. Justine Henin of Belgium, who beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to win her second U.S. Open, made a surprising retirement announcement in the spring.
Former champion Maria Sharapova also won't be playing, due to a shoulder injury.
Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, who won a tour event this summer in Stanford, Que., will take on a former champion in her first round match. The Blainville, Que., native meets Lindsay Davenport, the 1998 Open champion.
The U.S. Open, held in Flushing, N.Y., begins in earnest on Monday.