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Howard Fendrich
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August 24, 2013

US OPEN ’13: Capsules on top women’s players

NEW YORK (AP) — Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

SERENA WILLIAMS

Seeded: 1

Age: 31

Country: United States

2013 Match Record: 60-4

2013 Singles Titles: 8

Career Singles Titles: 54

Major Titles: 16 — U.S. Open (’99, ’02, ’08, ’12), Wimbledon (’02, ’03, ’09, ’10, ’12), Australian Open (’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’10), French Open (’02, ’13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-Won Championship, ’11-Lost in Final, ’10-Did Not Play, ’09-SF, ’08-W

Topspin: Trying to win two U.S. Opens in a row for first time. … As winner of the U.S. Open Series — based on hard-court results during the North American summer hard-court circuit — eligible for $1 million bonus for a title at Flushing Meadows, giving her chance to take home $3.6 million. … Her 34-match winning streak that ended with fourth-round loss at Wimbledon was the longest run in women’s tennis since older sister Venus won 35 in a row in 2000. … Only Steffi Graf (22), Chris Evert (18) and Martina Navratilova (18) have won more Grand Slam titles in the Open era, which began in 1968.

VICTORIA AZARENKA

Seeded: 2

Age: 24

Country: Belarus

2013 Match Record: 36-4

2013 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 17

Major Titles: 2 — Australian Open (’12, ’13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-F, ’11-3rd, ’10-2nd, ’09-3rd, ’08-3rd

Topspin: Reached the final at the past three hard-court Grand Slam tournaments, winning two titles at the Australian Open and losing in three sets to Williams at last year’s U.S. Open. … Career record against Williams is only 3-12, but two of the victories came this season, making Azarenka only woman to beat the American twice in 2013. … 16 career hard-court titles put her fourth among active women, behind only the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, who withdrew from the U.S. Open with a right shoulder injury.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

Seeded: 3

Age: 24

Country: Poland

2013 Match Record: 28-9

2013 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, at Wimbledon (’12)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-4, ’11-2nd, ’10-2nd, ’09-2nd, ’08-4th

Topspin: Master of using spin, changing speeds and angles, to fluster opponents. … Finally had Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon a year ago, reaching her first major final. … Her 27-2 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments — 7-0 at the U.S. Open — gives her the second-best winning percentage among active women, trailing Williams, who is 51-1. … Moved up to No. 3 seeding when Sharapova withdrew.

LI NA

Seeded: 5

Age: 31

Country: China

2013 Match Record: 32-11

2013 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 7

Major Titles: 1 — French Open (’11)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-3rd, ’11-1st, ’10-1st, ’09-QF, ’08-4th

Topspin: 22-5 on hard courts this season, including a run to her second career Australian Open final plus two recent semifinal appearances at Toronto and Cincinnati. … Straight-set victories over Sharapova and Radwanska put her in the title match at Melbourne in January, but lost to Azarenka in three sets.

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

Seeded: 6

Age: 23

Country: Denmark

2013 Match Record: 27-18 (Playing at New Haven)

2013 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 20

Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, U.S. Open (’09)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-1st, ’11-SF, ’10-SF, ’09-F, ’08-4th

Topspin: Had won 20 first-round matches in a row at Grand Slam tournaments into back-to-back losses at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2012. … Otherwise, though, has had plenty of success at Flushing Meadows, reaching at least the semifinals the three previous years, including her only major final in 2009.

PETRA KVITOVA

Seeded: 7

Age: 23

Country: Czech Republic

2013 Match Record: 39-19

2013 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 10

Major Titles: 1 — Wimbledon (’11)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-4th, ’11-1st, ’10-4th, ’09-3rd, ’08-1st

Topspin: Lost in final of hard-court tuneup tournament in New Haven on Saturday. … Ranks third on tour in aces this season, trailing Serena Williams and Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki. … Back in February, won a hard-court title and also pushed Williams to 7-5 in the third set of a quarterfinal at another tournament on the surface.

MARIA KIRILENKO

Seeded: 14

Age: 26

Country: Russia

2013 Match Record: 31-14

2013 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 6

Major Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Wimbledon (’12), French Open (’13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-3rd, ’11-4th, ’10-3rd, ’09-3rd, ’08-1st

Topspin: Reached the quarterfinals at two of the last five major tournaments, the best Grand Slam results of her career. … Made her debut in the WTA’s top 10 on June 10, after French Open. … Engaged to NHL star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. … Won the longest tiebreaker in U.S. Open history, 17-15, in the fourth round in 2011, but lost the match in three sets to eventual champion Samantha Stosur.

SLOANE STEPHENS

Seeded: 15

Age: 20

Country: United States

2013 Match Record: 29-18

2013 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 0

Major Titles: 0 — Best: SF, at Australian Open (’13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’12-3rd, ’11-3rd, ’10-DNP, ’09-DNP, ’08-DNP

Topspin: Reached the fourth round or better at four of the past six Grand Slam tournaments, performing much more consistently on the biggest stages than at smaller tournaments. … Will be worth watching to see how she handles the attention that comes with being an up-and-coming American at Flushing Meadows. … Surprised Williams in an all-U.S. quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January, before losing to Azarenka in the semifinals.

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