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A capsule look at top women in the Australian Open

A capsule look at top women in the Australian Open

A look at the top women at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday at Melbourne Park (seedings in parentheses):
JELENA JANKOVIC (1)
Age: 23
Country: Serbia
2008 Match Record: 65-19
2008 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 9
Major Titles: 0 _ Best Finish: Runner-up, U.S. Open (2008)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-Semifinals, '07-4th Round, '06-2nd, '05-2nd, '04-2nd
Topspin: Topped the rankings for the first time in August and ended 2008 at No. 1. ... Reached her first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets. ... Expressive player, often chiding herself for missed shots or opportunities. ... Lost in the semifinals here last year to eventual champion Maria Sharapova and lost in the semifinals at the French Open to eventual winner Ana Ivanovic in an all-Serbian final at Roland Garros.
SERENA WILLIAMS (2)
Age: 26
Country: United States
2008 Match Record: 44-8
2008 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 32
Major Titles: 9 _ U.S. Open (1999, 2002, '08), Wimbledon ('02-03), French Open ('03), Australian Open ('03, '05, '07)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-Quarterfinals, '07-W, '06-3rd, '05-W, '04-Did Not Play, '03-W
Topspin: Returned to No. 1 ranking after winning the U.S. Open without dropping a set in September, five years and a month after previously topping the rankings _ a record gap between stints at No. 1. ... Held top ranking for four weeks, taking her career tally to 61 weeks. ... Only sixth woman in Open era to win nine or more singles majors. ... Teamed with sister Venus to win Olympic gold in doubles. ... Has won the Australian Open every alternate year since '03, but says she's not superstitious and doesn't think that's any extra help for '09. ... Regardless of form coming in, always a strong contender in Australia.
DINARA SAFINA (3)
Age: 22
Country: Russia
2008 Match Record: 55-20
2008 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 9
Major Titles: 0 _ Best Finish: RU, French Open (2008)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-1st, '07-3rd, '06-2nd, '05-2nd, '04-3rd
Topspin: Finished the year in the top 10 for the first time, six years after making her debut in a WTA Tour main draw. ... Made a stunning turnaround after winning the German Open in Berlin in May, going 44-7 after starting the year with an 11-10 win-loss record. ... Won four titles as well as reaching three other finals, including the French Open. ... Her 15-match winning streak ended in a loss in the Olympic final at Beijing. ... Had 12 wins over top 10 players in the season, including top-seeded Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros and top-seeded Jankovic at the Beijing Olympics. ... Reached top 5 after making semifinals at the U.S. Open and hit No. 2 in October. ... Older brother is former U.S. and Australian Open champion Marat Safin, whom she combined with this month on the Russian team that reached the Hopman Cup final.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA (4)
Age: 27
Country: Russia
2008 Match Record: 56-17
2008 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 11
Major Titles: 0 _ Best Finish: RU, U.S. Open (2004), French Open (2004)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-4th, '07-4th, '06-1st, '05-4th, '04-1st
Topspin: Won Olympic singles title in August, avenging a quarterfinal loss at the French Open, where she had match points against Safina. ... Has reached the semifinals or better at all the Grand Slam events except the Australian Open _ lost in quarterfinals here last year to eventual champion Sharapova. ... Finished with a career-high No. 4 year-end ranking. ... Her serve has been suspect at stages.
ANA IVANOVIC (5)
Age: 21
Country: Serbia
2008 Match Record: 38-15
2008 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 8
Major Titles: 1 _ French Open (2008)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-RU, '07-3rd, '06-2nd, '05-3rd, '04-DNP
Topspin: Had a strong start to the season, reaching the Australian Open final and rising to the No. 1 ranking for the first time after winning the French Open. ... Struggled midyear with a thumb injury during a 5-6 streak in which she didn't win back-to-back matches in five consecutive tournaments. ... Withdrew from Olympic tournament but rallied later in the season to win eighth tour title at Linz. ... Was upset by No. 133 Zheng Jie in third round at Wimbledon; at U.S. Open, as top seed, lost to French qualifier Julie Coin in the second round. ... Struggled with her serve in a quarterfinal loss to Amelie Mauresmo at the Brisbane International this month. ... Working without a coach.
VENUS WILLIAMS (6)
Age: 28
Country: United States
2008 Match Record: 40-11
2008 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 39
Major Titles: 7 _ U.S. Open (2000-01), Wimbledon (2000-01, 2005, 2007-08)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-QF, '07-DNP, '06-1st, '05-4th, '04-3rd
Topspin: Beat Serena in the Wimbledon final for her fifth championship at the All England Club. ... After losing to Serena in U.S. Open quarterfinals, having held two set points in the first and eight in the second, finished 2008 on a nine-match winning streak and claimed her first WTA season-ending championship, as the No. 7 seed. ... Has not advanced beyond the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park since losing the 2003 final to Serena.
VERA ZVONAREVA (7)
Age: 24
Country: Russia
2008 Match Record: 65-22
2008 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 7
Major Titles: 0 _ Best Finish: QF, French Open (2003)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-1st, '07-4th, '06-1st, '05-2nd, '04-4th
Topspin: Reached a season-high eight finals in 2008, but only collected two titles. ... Among her finals defeats was the season-ending WTA Championship, helping her to a year-end top-10 finish for the first time. ... Won bronze at the Olympics, part of a Russian sweep of the medals, and helped Russia win the Fed Cup. Withdrew from her first-round match in Australia last year in the second set because of a left ankle sprain. ... Can be prone to emotional outbursts. ... Has never advanced beyond the last eight at a major.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (8)
Age: 23
Country: Russia
2008 Match Record: 44-21
2008 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 9
Major Titles: 1 _ U.S. Open (2004)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-3rd, '07-4th, '06-4th, '05-QF, '04-3rd
Topspin: Won the 2004 U.S. Open and reached the final there in 2007, her only finals appearances in 26 Grand Slam events for the former top-ranked player. ... Lost five finals on WTA Tour last year _ now has lost 10 of her last 11 finals. ... Was seeded No. 2 here last year but lost in third round. ... Was part of Russia team that won Fed Cup. ... Passed $10 million in career prize money, and finished in top 10 for the fourth time in five years.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (9)
Age: 19
Country: Poland
2008 Match Record: 54-20
2008 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 4
Major Titles: 0 _ Best Finish: QF, Australian Open (2008), Wimbledon (2008)
Last 5 Australian Opens: '08-QF, '07-2nd, '06-DNP, '05-DNP, '04-DNP.
Topspin: Finished in top 10 for first time with three titles and reached quarterfinals at two majors. ... Entered the top 10 in July, becoming the first Polish woman to do so. ... As first alternate for WTA Championship, played one match when Ivanovic withdrew, defeating Kuznetsova for her eighth win over a top-10 player.


Updated : 2021-05-18 20:21 GMT+08:00