Wimbledon women's penpix

21 Jun 2012 01:17:02

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Penpix of leading contenders for the Wimbledon women's title when the third Grand Slam tournament of the season gets underway at the All England Club on Monday:

MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS)

World ranking: 1

Birthdate: April 19, 1987

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Residence: Bradenton, Florida

Height: 6'2" (1.88m)

Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2001

Career Singles titles: 27

Grand Slam singles titles: 4 (2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2008 Australian Open, 2012 French Open)

Career prize money: $21,012,333

Best Wimbledon result: Winner (2004)

- The Russian arrives at Wimbledon on top of the world after winning the French Open title for the first time, in the process becoming only the 10th woman to lift all four grand slam trophies. After initially struggling to recover from shoulder surgery, she has enjoyed an injury-free year, reaching the Australian Open final in January and capping an impressive clay-court campaign with victory over Sara Errani in the Roland Garros final. Now she will attempt to avenge last year's shock Wimbledon final defeat to Petra Kvitova.

PETRA KVITOVA (CZE)

World ranking: 4

Birthdate: March 8, 1990

Birthplace: Bilovec

Residence: Fulnec

Height: 6'0 (1.83m)

Weight: 154lbs (70kg)

Plays: Left-handed

Turned Pro: 2006

Career Singles titles: 7

Grand Slam singles titles: 1 (2011 Wimbledon)

Career prize money: $7,367,349

Best Wimbledon result: Winner (2011)

- Hailed as a dominant figure in the women's game after her impressive triumph over Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon final last year, Kvitova travels to the All England Club hoping to rediscover that winning feeling. The Czech has no titles on the WTA Tour this year and suffered semi-final defeats against Sharapova in the Australian and French Opens. However, those two near-misses against Sharapova suggest a return to form at Wimbledon shouldn't be ruled out.

SERENA WILLIAMS (USA)

World ranking: 6

Birthdate: September 26, 1981

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Height: 5'9" (1.75m)

Weight: 155lbs (70kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1995

Career Singles titles: 41

Grand Slam singles titles: 13

Career prize money: $36,046,313

Best Wimbledon result: Winner (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010)

- Losing to France's Virginie Razzano in the first round of the French Open ranked as the worst grand slam result of Williams' illustrious career. Prior to her Paris nightmare, Williams had been in good form, winning 17 successive clay-court matches and she is usually even more dominant on grass, although last year she crashed out against Marion Bartoli in the last 16 at Wimbledon.

VICTORIA AZARENKA (BLR)

World ranking: 2

Birthdate: July 31, 1989

Birthplace: Minsk

Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona

Height: 5'10" (1.80m)

Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2003

Career Singles titles: 12

Grand Slam singles titles: 1 (2012 Australian Open)

Career prize money: $13,566,594

Best Wimbledon result: Semi-finals (2011)

- The powerful baseliner from Belarus was easily the best player on the planet in the first four months of the year winning four titles, including the Australian Open, and rising to number one in the world. She appears to have run out of steam a little since then as a shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from Rome before Dominika Cibulkova knocked her out of the French Open in the last 16. Enjoyed a career best run at Wimbledon last year, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Kvitova.

SAMANTHA STOSUR (AUS)

World ranking: 5

Birthdate: March 30, 1984

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Residence: Golf Coast, Australia

Height: 5'8" (1.72m)

Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1999

Career Singles titles: 3

Grand Slam singles titles: 1 (2011 US Open)

Career prize money: $10,825,508

Best Wimbledon result: 3rd rd (2009)

- The reigning US Open champion enjoyed a long-awaited return to form at the French Open, where she reached the semi-finals before losing to Sara Errani. Prior to that fine run at Roland Garros, Stosur, who caused a huge shock when she defeated Serena Williams to lift the US Open last September, had reached the last four in only two of her 11 tournaments this year. She has a poor record at Wimbledon, never getting past the third round in nine attempts, but she is more mature now and her gritty style and big-hitting make her a danger on any surface.

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