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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Sisters Venus and Serena Williams, finalists at the last two Grand Slam tournaments, head the field for the U.S. Open, set for Aug. 26-Sept. 8 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Serena Williams beat Venus at Wimbledon and the French Open, avenging a loss to her sister in the finals of the Open last year. That was Venus Williams' second straight Open championship after Serena won the title in 1999.

Also in the women's field is Jennifer Capriati, winner of two Slams last year and the Australian Open in January. The Williams sisters and Capriati have swept the last nine Grand Slam events, every tournament since Wimbledon 2000.

Past Open champions Monica Seles, who won the title in 1991 and 1992, and Lindsay Davenport, the 1998 champion, are also entered. Davenport will be playing in her first Grand Slam of the year after finishing 2001 as the No. 1 player in the world. She injured her right knee in the semifinals of the 2001 season-ending championships in November and did not return to the WTA Tour until last week.

Martina Hingis, recovering from ankle surgery, is not entered. The 1997 Open champion and holder of four other Grand Slam singles titles, Hingis had been the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Open from 1997-2001.

The WTA Tour Singles Rankings as of July 15 are used to determine entry into the Open. The tournament draw will take place August 21.

For the second straight year, the women's final at the Open will be telecast live by CBS in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m. The winner receives a record $900,000.