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Topspin: Made a brief stay back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings after completing a career Grand Slam by winning first French Open title in June. … Represented a real return after struggling to adjust following October 2008 surgery on her right, racket-swinging shoulder. … Since winning the U.S. Open in 2006, has made it past the third round only once _ and that was only a fourth-round appearance in 2010.


Seeded: 4

Age: 30

Country: United States

2012 Match Record: 46-4

2012 Singles Titles: 5

Career Singles Titles: 44

Major Titles: 14 _ U.S. Open (‘99, `02, `08), Wimbledon (‘02, `03, `09, `10, `12), Australian Open (‘03, `05, `07, `09, `10), French Open (‘02)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: `11-F, `10-DNP, `09-SF, `08-Won Championship, `07-QF, `06-4th

Topspin: Bounced back from first-round exit at French Open _ her only opening-match loss in 48 career Grand Slam tournaments _ to win Wimbledon for fifth time, then Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles (with older sister Venus). … Says Andre Agassi: “When she’s in full flight, it’s hard to think of anybody who can match up with what she brings to the table.” … Speaking about her ranking recently, Williams said: “It doesn’t matter whether I’m 1 or 4. I still feel like I’m a force to be reckoned with.”


Seeded: 5

Age: 22

Country: Czech Republic

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