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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:29 AM

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5 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dinara Safina (1)

Age: 23 Country: Russia

2009 Match Record: 52-12

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 0 - Best Finish: F, at Australian Open in '09, French Open in '08, '09

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-Lost in Semifinals, '07-4th, '06-QF, '05-1st, '04-1st

Topspin: Runner-up at three of the past six Grand Slam tournaments but still searching for her first major championship. ... One of four Russians seeded in top seven at U.S. Open.

Serena Williams (2)

Age: 27 Country: United States

2009 Match Record: 38-10 Career Singles Titles: 34

Major Titles: 11 - U.S. Open ('99, '02, '08), Australian Open ('03, '05, '07, '09), French Open ('02), Wimbledon ('02, '03, '09)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-Won Championship, '07-QF, '06-4th, '05-4th, '04-QF

Topspin: Has won three of the past four Grand Slam tournaments to re-establish herself as the best women's player in tennis today.

Venus Williams (3)

Age: 29 Country: United States

2009 Match Record: 32-10 Career Singles Titles: 41

Major Titles: 7 - U.S. Open ('00, '01), Wimbledon ('00, '01, '05, '07, '08)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-QF, '07-SF, '06-Did Not Play, '05-QF, '04-4th

Topspin: Hasn't won a Grand Slam title outside of Wimbledon since 2001, when she won her second U.S. Open championship in a row.

Elena Dementieva (4)

Age: 27 Country: Russia

2009 Match Record: 50-13 Career Singles Titles: 14

Major Titles: 0 - Best: F, at French Open in '04, U.S. Open in '04

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-SF, '07-3rd, '06-QF, '05-SF, '04-Runner-Up

Topspin: Semifinalist at three of the past four Grand Slam tournaments. ... Still looking for first major title.

Jelena Jankovic (5)

Age: 24 Country: Serbia

2009 Match Record: 37-13 Career Singles Titles: 11

Major Titles: 0 - Best: F, at U.S. Open in '08

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-RU, '07-QF, '06-SF, '05-3rd, '04-2nd

Topspin: Lost in third round at Wimbledon and fourth round at both French Open and Australian Open.

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5 PLAYERS TO WATCH

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