AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013: Capsules on top women

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Age: 25

Country: Russia

2012 Match Record: 60-11

2012 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 27

Major Titles: 4 _ Wimbledon (‘04), U.S. Open (‘06), Australian Open (‘08), French Open (‘12)

Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-Final, 11-4th, `10-1st, `09-Did Not Play, `08-W

Topspin: Made a return at No. 1 for four weeks in the WTA rankings after completing a career Grand Slam by winning first French Open title in June. … Her fourth major title represented a return to the top after struggling to adjust following surgery on her right shoulder in late 2008. … Has reached the semifinals or better in five of her last seven trips to Melbourne Park, although her run to the final in 2012 was her first time past the fourth round since winning the title here. … Besides her three titles last season, she was a runner-up in six tournaments including the London Olympics and the season-ending championships. … Withdrew from the Brisbane International with an injured right collarbone, but expects to be OK for Melbourne.

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SERENA WILLIAMS

Seeded: 3

Age: 31

Country: United States

2012 Match Record: 58-4

2012 Singles Titles: 7

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