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Related developments at Open?

In a jumbled, depleted women's field, a Williams sister could very well find a path to U.S. Open title.

August 25, 2008|Chuck Culpepper | Special to The Times

* When: The 14-day tournament begins today. The women's singles final is Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. PDT; the men's singles final is Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. PDT.

* 2007 men's singles champion: Roger Federer of Switzerland.

* 2007 women's singles champion: Justine Henin of Belgium.

* Top-seeded man: Rafael Nadal enters the Open ranked No. 1, having taken over the spot Federer held for more than four years. Fresh off winning a gold medal in singles at the Beijing Olympics, the Spaniard has two Grand Slam tournament titles this year, beating Federer in the finals at the French Open and Wimbledon.

* Top-seeded woman: Ana Ivanovic defeated Dinara Safina in the French Open final for her first major championship. But the 21-year-old Serbian lost in the third round at Wimbledon and pulled out of the Olympics because of inflammation in her right hand, a problem that prevented her from practicing last month.

* Prize money: Men's and women's singles champions receive $1.5 million each.

* TV coverage: Channel 2, USA Network.

From the Associated Press

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