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Career Singles Titles: 47

Major Titles: 15 _ U.S. Open (‘99, `02, `08, `12), Wimbledon (‘02, `03, `09, `10, `12), Australian Open (‘03, `05, `07, `09, `10), French Open (‘02)

Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-4th, `11-DNP, `10-W, `09-W, `08-QF

Topspin: Rebounded from her shocking exit at the French Open _ her only first-round loss ever at a Grand Slam _ to win Wimbledon and the London Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles (with sister Venus), and won the U.S. Open and season-ending championships singles titles. … Extended her run to 35 wins in 36 matches by winning the Brisbane International title last week. … Her U.S. Open victory made her the first player since 2002 (when she won three in a row) to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles in the same calendar year. … Finished the year with the best winning percentage (.935) on the tour, helped by her 31-1 win-loss record after the French Open. … Defeated the No. 1-ranked player four times in 2012, beating Azarenka at Madrid, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and at the WTA Championships. … Asked if it’s possible to win all four majors this season, Serena says: “I think for me, absolutely.”

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AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

Seeded: 4

Age: 23

Country: Poland

2012 Match Record: 59-19

2012 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 12

Major Titles: 0 _ Best: F, at Wimbledon (‘12)

Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-QF, `11-QF, `10-3rd, `09-1st, `08-QF

Topspin: Never had advanced beyond a Grand Slam quarterfinal until last year at Wimbledon, where she reached the final before losing in three sets to Serena Williams. … She was the first player from Poland to reach a major final in the Open era, and the first to beat a No. 1-ranked player. … Six of her first eight losses in 2012 came against Azarenka, including the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. … Finished the year with nine wins against top-10 players, behind only Azarenka, Williams and Sharapova. Started the year with a title in Auckland and followed it up with a victory in Sydney.

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