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5 WOMEN TO WATCH

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 02:10 AM

SERENA WILLIAMS (1)

Age: 28

Country: United States

2010 Match Record: 14-3

2010 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 36

Major Titles: 12 - French Open (2002), Wimbledon (2002-03, 2009), U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008), Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10)

Topspin: Did not play on tour in February, March or April because of a left knee injury. ... Returned to action on clay at Rome in early May. ... Has lost two of past three matches heading to Roland Garros. ... French Open is only Grand Slam event where she has not won at least two titles; has won three or more championships at each of the other major tournaments. ... Earned 2009 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year honors after winning Australian Open and Wimbledon.

VENUS WILLIAMS (2)

Age: 29

Country: United States

2010 Match Record: 26-4

2010 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 43

Major Titles: 7 - Wimbledon (2000-01, 2005, 2007-08), U.S. Open (2000-01)

Topspin: Made it past third round only once in last five trips to French Open. ... In 13 career French Open appearances, reached semifinals or beyond only once - when she lost to younger sister Serena in the 2002 final. ... Back up to No. 2 in rankings; she and Serena are ranked 1-2 for first time since May 2003.

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (6)

Age: 24

Country: Russia

2010 Match Record: 8-9

2010 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 2 - French Open (2009), U.S. Open (2004)

Topspin: Since making it to the Australian Open's fourth round in January, has won two matches at a single tournament only once. ... Off to a terrible start on European clay circuit, going 1-3, including three consecutive losses.

MARIA SHARAPOVA (13)

Age: 23

Country: Russia

2010 Match Record: 11-3

2010 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 22

Major Titles: 3 - Wimbledon (2004), U.S. Open (2006), Australian Open (2008)

Topspin: French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament she hasn't won. ... Still trying to return to top of her game after having right shoulder surgery in October 2008, then dealing with a right elbow injury this season. ... Upset in first round at Australian Open in January. ... Lost in first round on clay in Madrid this month.

JUSTINE HENIN (23)

Age: 27

Country: Belgium

2010 Match Record: 21-6

2010 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 42

Major Titles: 7 - French Open (2003, 2005-07), U.S. Open (2003, 2007), Australian Open (2004)

Topspin: Returns to Roland Garros after not playing there since 2007; she abruptly retired right before 2008 French Open while ranked No. 1. ... Reached final at this year's Australian Open, her first Grand Slam action in nearly two years. ... Won clay-court tuneup tournament in Stuttgart.

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