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2013 Players Profile

Victoria Azarenka

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Like Sharapova, Azarenka's grunting gets more attentions from the public than her beauty. When off-court, she always keeps smiles on her face and shows her consideration for others; while on-court she sticks to her wins and never gives up showing the sportsman spirit. Azarenka plays an aggressive base-lining which showcases her excellent footwork. Azarenka, who has been attracting the public's attention as the next queen since she was a junior player, keeps playing with even more vigor defending her second consecutive Australian Open title in 2013 after her skills bloomed the last season. Her forehand stroke has greatly improved while her backhand stroke becomes more and more powerful. Although she handed over the world No.1 position to Serena this February, Vika's queen road still hasn't gone away.

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Nationality Belarus
Birthdate July 31, 1989
Height/Weight 183cm/66kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Agnieszka Radwanska

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Aga is known for the most tactical and intelligent player among the active women tennis players. She uses various types of shots to confuse the opponent, and has strong mentality shown by her play style: she rarely changes her facial expression during her game and she achieves a breakthrough no matter how critical her situation is. The fact that she goes to a university in Krakow, her hometown, during the off-season shows how serious she is when off-court while Aga on-court is mischievous and is always full of humor and smiles. She got elected as Fan's Favorite Singles Player of The Year for two years in a row. By controlling her various shots as she pleases, her play won't let the spectators bored and will keep them attracted to her games.

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Nationality Poland
Birthdate March 6, 1989
Height/Weight 172cm/56kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Sara Errani

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With her small physique, 164cm, for a tennis player, Errani plays tennis by making the full use of her whole body which deeply impresses the spectators. She has a bright Italian smile, and she still is earnest and humble even after becoming one of the Top10 players. Just as Errani explains herself as "the non-expected player", few people at home had faith in her abilities as a player due to her small physique. However, she overcame the situation and broke through as a star player in 2012. Started off with advancing to quarterfinal at the 2012 Australian Open, she reached the finals of the 2012 French Open, became the first Italian semifinalist at the US Open, and achieved four singles titles during the tour year. This breakthrough jumped her ranking from No.45 up to No.6. In addition to her singles wins, Errani also won doubles titles at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open. Not only as a singles player but also as a doubles player, Errani is making a great leap forward.

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Nationality Italy
Birthdate April 29, 1987
Height/Weight 164cm/60kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Angelique Kerber

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This sportswoman, who used to be a talented swimmer in her childhood, still goes swimming to refresh herself, and watches comedy movies to relax. Kerber is very loveable, positive and attractive just like her favorite actresses: Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. Once she is on-court, she is very persistent in every single point. Her strong and flexible body allows her both to return any kinds of balls and to go for winning shots. Her well-balanced defense and offense is her strength. Kerber, who gently smiled and said "People who are loyal and honest, and have sense of humor are attractive to me", is attractive both on-court and off-court

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Nationality Germany
Birthdate January 18, 1988
Height/Weight 173cm/68kg
Play Style Left-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Petra Kvitová

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She is known as the women's No.1 powerful hitter. Although her drawback is the lack of concentration during the game, her left-handed strokes with speed and weight are as powerful as men's strokes. When in good condition, Kvitova's strokes can even defeat Serena. Her on-court stern look tends to give unfriendly impressions. She, however, is kind and gentle to everyone when off-court, and is loved by many people around her. No matter how far the ball is from her body, she can return her powerful shots to her opponent. This shows how high her physical ability is. Once she acquires the ability to concentrate on her games, she will become the world No.1 in no time.

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Nationality Chez Republic
Birthdate March 8, 1990
Height/Weight 183cm/70kg
Play Style Left-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Caroline Wozniacki

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Her cheerful personality, gorgeous look, and competitiveness are what make Caroline attractive. She likes to coordinate her clothes and to express her opinions through fashion in any ways such as casual or elegance. Right after she found out about the Great East Japan Earthquake, she put up the Japanese flag by her court to encourage the victims without consulting with her staffs. This shows how "the Caroline's Way" works: send out the important messages when she thinks it's necessary, and translate them into action by her own decision. Caroline, who has a strong will and speaks her mind, appears to be a great partner for Rory McIlroy, one of the top golf players in the world. They have been dating since 2010. Since they are very frank about their relationship such as uploading their picture as their twitter profile photos, they often get a focus of public attention.

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Nationality Denmark
Birthdate July 11, 1990
Height/Weight 177cm/58kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Samantha Stosur

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"Japan is my favorite country." That's what she says on her profile of her official website and shows how Japanophile she is. Just as social, cheerful and friendly as she is, she walks around the cities in Japan with her casual clothes to her heart's content. She distinguished herself as a great doubles player by winning the 2005 US Open and the 2006 French Open. Since around 2009, she started to put more effort on singles. Her serve is not only considered as one of the best on the women's tour due to its power, kick and variety, it also brought her within the Top10 in 2010. In 2011, she won her first singles Grand Slam title at the US Open which has been her long-cherished wish. Stosur is the all-round player who has both the best techniques and the power. Her well-trained body is perfect for athlete.

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Nationality Australia
Birthdate March 30, 1984
Height/Weight 172cm/65kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Kimiko Date-Krumm

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It has been five years since she came back as a professional tennis player. She started this season in good condition by pushing aside rumors about her retirement due to her age. Her records just cannot be ignored: she reached the third round of both singles and doubles at the Australian Open; she attracted the public attention as the oldest woman to win a main draw singles match at the Australian Open; and she won doubles titles with two different partners at two different events. Date-Krumm smiled and said "I only have small amount of time left as a professional tennis player. Playing memorable games for fans and for myself is more important than making new records to me." Her continuous efforts to try her best in training are the reason why she lives a fulfilled life. "I enjoy playing tennis, I enjoy practicing and training, and I also enjoy playing a match." You can't take your eyes off her making more and more progress and growth.

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Nationality Japan
Birthdate September 28, 1970
Height/Weight 163cm/53kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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Ayumi Morita

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She shows her presence as a dependable Japanese leading player. The speed and power increases as she trains her body. She acquired the skill to hit her balls down the line even against opponents who are physically stronger than her. She became the semifinalist once, quarterfinalist three times, and best 16 once in the first half of this year. As she comes very close to her tour title, she aims for higher rank during her favorite hard court season. This will be the sixth consecutive year for her to participate in the main draw of our tournament. Her goal is to break through the first round of main draw for the third consecutive year and to go further than the last year. Please do not miss her powerful stroke shots.

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Nationality Japan
Birthdate March 11, 1990
Height/Weight 164cm/54kg
Play Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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