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Serena Williams is hard to pick against at Australian Open

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times Published: January 13, 2013

Can Serena Williams win a calendar-year Grand Slam? Where's Rafael Nadal, and when will he be back?

As the 2013 tennis season begins in earnest Sunday (Monday in Melbourne) at the Australian Open, we know that Nadal is not back. He has withdrawn from the first major of the year, as he did from the Olympics and the U.S. Open last year, saying his knee tendinitis has now been trumped by a stomach virus.

Williams, though,...
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