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US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top women's players

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 9:39 am •  Published: August 24, 2014
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Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

SERENA WILLIAMS

Seeded: 1

Ranked: 1

Age: 32

Country: United States

2014 Match Record: 38-6

2014 Singles Titles: 5

Career Singles Titles: 62

Major Titles: 17 — U.S. Open ('99, '02, '08, '12, '13), Wimbledon ('02, '03, '09, '10, '12), Australian Open ('03, '05, '07, '09, '10), French Open ('02, '13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-Won Championship, '12-Won Championship, '11-Lost in Final, '10-Did Not Play, '09-SF

Topspin: At majors in 2014, lost in fourth round at Australian Open, second round at French Open, third round at Wimbledon. ... Two-time defending champion at U.S. Open; trying to win three consecutive titles at one of tennis' major tournaments for first time. ... Last woman with a "three-peat" in New York was Chris Evert, who won four trophies in a row from 1975-78.

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SIMONA HALEP

Seeded: 2

Ranked: 2

Age: 23

Country: Romania

2014 Match Record: 38-11

2014 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 8

Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, French Open ('14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-4th, '12-2nd, '11-2nd, '10-1st

Topspin: Made only one third-round run in her first 13 career Grand Slam appearances, but starting with last year's U.S. Open, hasn't lost before the fourth round in her last four majors. ... Not much power to her game; relies instead on angles and court coverage.

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PETRA KVITOVA

Seeded: 3

Ranked: 4

Age: 24

Country: Czech Republic

2014 Match Record: 28-12 (Playing in Connecticut Open)

2014 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 2 — Wimbledon ('11, '14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-3rd, '12-4th, '11-1st, '10-3rd, '09-4th

Topspin: Trying to become the first woman other than the Williams sisters to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year since Martina Hingis in 1997. ... Tough draw includes first-round match against up-and-comer Kristina Mladenovic, possible third-rounder against big-hitting American Madison Key, and possible fourth-rounder against past major champions Victoria Azarenka or Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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MARIA SHARAPOVA

Seeded: 5

Ranked: 6

Age: 27

Country: Russia

2014 Match Record: 38-9

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 32

Major Titles: 5 — U.S. Open ('06), Wimbledon ('04), French Open ('12, '14), Australian Open ('08)

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