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Continued: WIMBLEDON 2013: Capsules on women to watch at Wimbledon

  • Article by: HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis Writer
  • Last update: June 21, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Country: Russia

2013 Match Record: 27-10 (entering Eastbourne tournament)

2013 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 6

Major Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Wimbledon ('12), French Open ('13)

Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-QF, '11-3rd, '10-3rd, '09-2nd, '08-1st

Topspin: Reached the quarterfinals at two of the last four major tournaments, the best Grand Slam showings of her career. ... Made her debut in the WTA's top 10 on June 10, after French Open. ... Engaged to NHL star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who recently collected his third league MVP award. ... Has won about 75 percent of her service games in 2013, behind only Williams and Sharapova. ... Has managed to have success holding serve despite hitting more double-faults (110) than aces (96) this season. ... Played at Eastbourne to prepare for Wimbledon.

SLOANE STEPHENS

Ranked: 17

Age: 20

Country: United States

2013 Match Record: 19-13

2013 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 0

Major Titles: 0 — Best: SF, at Australian Open ('13)

Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-3rd, '11-Did Not Play, '10-DNP, '09-DNP, '08-DNP

Topspin: One of only two women (Azarenka is the other) to beat Williams this season. Stephens stunned the then-injured Williams in an all-U.S. quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January, before losing to eventual champion Azarenka in the semifinals. ... Getting increasingly used to the idea that she belongs in the second week of Grand Slam tournaments, having reached at least the fourth round at three of the past five majors.

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