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Ana Ivanovic
Maria Sharapova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Jelena Jankovic
Serena Williams
Anna Chakvetadze
Venus Williams
Elena Dementieva
Daniela Hantuchova
Marion Bartoli
Patty Schnyder
Vera Zvonareva
Agnes Szavay
Agnieszka Radwanska
Nicole Vaidisova
Dinara Safina
Shahar Peer
Francesca Schiavone

Ana Ivanovic players list

Ana Ivanovic, born on November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, is a Serbian professional tennis player. Currently ranked in the top 10 for the Sony Ericsson WTA Singles Tour.

Ivanovic's professional debut came in 2004. In 2005 she won her maiden title as a qualifier and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open. In 2006, Ivanovic produced a solid season and won the Rogers Cup in Montreal. In 2007, she took the WTA circuit by storm. In her breakthrough season, Ivanovic lifted three WTA titles: Berlin, Los Angeles and Luxembourg, and finished runner-up at the French Open (lost to Henin). She also reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the WTA Tour Championships.

In 2008, Ivanovic continued her high-flying form, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open and winning the Pacific Life Open.

Predominantly an offensive baseline player, Ivanovic relies heavily on the power, depth and placement of her forehand strokes. Off her right wing, she hits winners, typically flat shots, with occasional topspin. Her weakness is an inconsistent backhand shot, a serve, though forceful, fails her sometimes, and unreliable net play.

However, experts believe Ivanovic has the potential to become a complete player one day, even a dominating World No.1 force. Her playing style is suited to all surfaces.

Maria Sharapova players list

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, born April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia, is professional tennis player and a former World No.1. Sharapova burst on the scene in 2004 when she won the Wimbledon title at 17 years of age, beating Serena Williams in the final. To date, Sharapova has 19 titles, including three Grand Slam titles, Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Sharapova turned professional in 2001, although she played just two WTA tournaments in 2001 and six challenger events in 2002. She became a full-time fixture on the WTA circuit in 2003, winning Tokyo [Japan Open], Quebec City, ITF/Sea Island, GA-USA. The following year, in 2004, Sharapova enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning five titles, including Wimbledon and the Tour Championships. In 2005, she picked up another three titles, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Doha, Birmingham and in 2006, she added Indian Wells, San Diego, US Open, Zurich and Linz to her growing list of crowns. In 2007, Sharapova suffered setbacks due to lingering shoulder injuries. The year was perhaps her most disheartening performance, but she managed to win one title in San Diego and finish runner-up in the Tour Championships (l. to Henin). In 2008, Sharapova returned in formidable form. Kicking of her season at the Australian Open, she produced one of the most dominating female performances in the tournaments history, and en route to claiming the title, she defeated Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

Sharapova's promising career began at the age of four. When she was seven years old, she moved to the United States with her father to train in the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Her playing style is labeled as a power baseliner. More offensive than defensive-minded, Sharapova relies heavily on an aggressive game. Her double-handed right and left wing strokes and serve are noted for their power and placement. At 6'2 she is one of the tallest singles female players on the WTA circuit, and in spite of her height, her movement and agility on court are good.

Svetlana Kuznetsova players list

Svetlana Kuznetsova is a professional Russian tennis player, who is currently ranked in the top 10 for the Sony Ericsson WTA Singles Tour. Born June 27, 1985 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kuznetsova is a Grand Slam champion. She won the 2004 US Open. She also finished runner-up at the 2006 French Open and the 2007 US Open.

Kuznetsova comes from a family of athletes. Her father Alexandr Kuznetsov has coached five Olympic and world cycling champions. His protages include her mother, Galina Tsareva, a six-time world champion and holder of 20 world records and brother, Nikolai Kuznetsov, a silver medallist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Although she tried cycling in her early years, tennis was her sport of choice. Kuznetsova began playing tennis at age 7. At 13 years of age, she moved to Spain for better training and coaching. Currently she trains in the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona.

In 2007, Kuznetsova was one of the most consistent and standout players, producing the third and best Top 5 season of career, which was highlighted by reaching US Open final and reaching a career-high No.2 ranking. A good mover on court, she mainly plays a baseline game. Her strongest shot is her heavy forehand, which many consider one of the very best in women's tennis.

Jelena Jankovic players list

Jelena Jankovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. Born on February 28, 1985, Jankovic first began playing tennis when she was nine years old. She later moved to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy for better training and coaching. Her best results to date are semi-final appearances at the 2006 US Open, the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open.

In 2007, Jankovic enjoyed a breakthrough season, culminating in her first Top 10 finish, highlighted by winning four career WTA titles -- Auckland, Charleston, Rome and Birmingham. She also lead the tour in match wins w/72 (next highest was Henin w/63).

Jankovic is regarded as one of the fittest and toughest players in recent years of women's tennis for her great defensive abilities and footwork, which classifies her as a counterpuncher. She is notable for her agility and her ability to slide on all surfaces. Her strength lies in consistent groundstroke's and likes to go down the line more often than crosscourt.

Serena Williams players list

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and former World No.1. Serena consistantly ranks in the top 10 for the Sony Ericsson WTA Singles Tour. Williams's championship credentials are enviable, with eight Grand Slam titles (31 titles overall). She is also the last player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously: 2002 Roland Garros, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open and 2003 Australian Open. In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked her as the 17th best player in the game over the last forty years. She is the younger sister of Venus Williams, also a former World No.1.

Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999: the US Open. She continued the momentum into 2000, largely held her breakthrough year, in spite of failing to defend her US Open crown, falling to Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinal. Serena Williams came into her own in 2002, a year she dominated the Grand Slam circuit. Her triumphant run began when she lifted the French Open crown and continued when she went on to lift the next three Grand Slam titles, before her perfect Grand Slam run was halted in the semi-final of the 2003 French Open. But She bounced back to win the 2003 Wimbledon title. Williams added the 2005 and 2007 Australian Open titles to her championship credentials.

Serena is primarily an offensive baseline player. She has one of the most powerful serves in women's tennis and her aggressive game is comprised of forceful groundstrokes.

Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze players list

Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze, born March 5, 1987, in Moscow, Russia is a Russian professional tennis player.

Chakvetadze began playing tennis at the age of eight. Her ITF debut came in November 2001. She qualified for her first Grand Slam event in 2004 at the US Open when she won three qualifying matches to enter the main draw. She reached the third round. To date her best Grand Slam result was the semifinal at the 2007 US Open. She is coached by her father Djambuli.

In 2007, Chakvetadze enjoyed her best season. She won four titles Hobart, 's-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati and Stanford and firmly established herself in the Top 10 (reaching a career high No.5). She reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the third round of Wimbledon and the semi-final of the US Open.

Chakvetadze got off to slow start to her season in 2008. At the Australian Open, she fell in the third round. She picked up the Open Gaz de France title in Paris. Since then her season has seen her produce mixed results.

Venus Williams players list

Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980 and is an American professional tennis player. A former World No.1, Venus consistantly ranks in the top 10 for the Sony Ericsson WTA Singles Tour. Venus owns an enviable career; winning the 2000 Olympic gold medal in women's tennis in Sydney and a staggering 14 Grand Slam titles, six singles, two mixed doubles and six women's doubles. She is the older sister of Serena Williams. Venus Williams is noted for her power game (as is Serena Williams). Offensive-minded baseline player, Williams can hit winners from both wings. She is also a skilful serve-and-volley player, her biggest weapons are a powerful serve, and a two-handed backhand shot.

Venus began playing when she was four years old. She is coached by her father Richard. By the time she was 14 years-old, she was well known in tennis circles. She turned pro in 1994. She was an instant sensation. In 1997, Williams enjoyed her first breakthrough, finishing runner-up at the US Open. Her first Grand Slam title came in 2000, winning Wimbledon. She quickly followed up with a second Grand Slam title by winning the US Open in the same year. In 2001, she successfully defended both Grand Slam titles. In 2002, she reached three back-to-back Grand Slam finals: the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Williams added to her championship credentials two more Wimbledon titles in 2005 and 2007.

Elena Dementieva players list

Born October 15, 1981 in Moscow, Russia, Elena Dementieva's started playing tennis at a very young age. Both her parents were recreational tennis players. At the age of 7, Dementieva was enrolled in one of Moscow's most eminent sports clubs - Spartak Club, where she was coached by Rauza Islanova, mother and trainer of Russian men's tennis great Marat Safin. At the age of 13, Dementieva played and won her first international tournament. On the domestic front, she enjoyed a lot of success in her junior years, usually winning or finishing runner-up. She was always among the top four women in her country.

In 2000, Dementieva, representing her country reached the Olympics final, but overwhelmed by a fierce competitor in the form of Venus Williams she finished runner-up. In 2004, Dementieva enjoyed one of her best seasons, reaching the final at the French Open and the US Open.

Dementieva is an athletic player with a powerful and aggressive baseline game. She is known for her outstanding offensive and defensive abilities and excellent shot placement. Her forehand in particular is a fearsome weapon due to the power and placement of the shot and her ability to flatten it out. However, her serve is very unreliable, actually considered one of the worst on the WTA Tour, especially in tight situations.

Daniela Hantuchova players list

Born on April 24, 1983 in Poprad, Slovakia, Daniela Hantuchova is a Slovak professional tennis player. Her current ranking is No.9. To date her best Grand Slam result was a semi-final appearance at the 2008 Australian Open.

Overall, Hantuchova has won three WTA singles titles including two Pacific Life Open titles. She speaks six languages and trained as a classical pianist. In 2007, after struggling for several years with low confidence, Hantuchova enjoyed an impressive comeback, considered among the best in the game, when she won the Indian Wells Masters singles title.

Hantuchova is an all-court player. Her game is built around natural timing. She harnesses and effortless power from fluid groundstroke's and posses a sublime down-the- line forehand and backhand shot. Her weakness is mental frailty. It is not unusual to see her unravel during the course of a match.

Hantuchova's career has been auspicious at best. Thought to be a perfectionist she puts a lot of pressure on herself during her training. At one time, she even lost a lot of weight, which lead to suspicions of anorexia.

Marion Bartoli players list

Marion Bartoli (born October 2, 1984) is a French professional tennis player. Winner of three WTA titles to date and runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Bartoli is currently (as of March 24, 2008) the top-ranked Frenchwoman. She has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the world.

Bartoli is perhaps best known for her unorthodox style of play on court, namely her unusual serve motion. Largely influenced by Monica Seles, her style of play closely resembles her with the two handed forehand and backhand shot. She is generally classed as an aggressive and hard-hitting player.

Although she did not win any titles in 2007, Bartoli's best season came that year, when she made her Grand Slam breakthrough. She stunned Justine Henin in the semi-final of Wimbledon, before finishing runner-up (l. to Venus Williams). On the heels of her Wimbledon performance, she cracked the Top 20.

Patty Schnyder players list

Patty Schnyder (born December 14, 1978, in Basel, Switzerland) is professional female tennis player. She has been a feature on the WTA tour since the mid-1990s and is a former World No.7.

In juniors, she won the 1994 International Championships and was 1993 and 1994 Swiss Champion; competed in Continental Cup team competition in 1995. In 1996, Schnyder made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open. In 1997, she quickly rose up through the rankings, and by August 1998, she had entered the WTA Top 10. She received the award for the WTA Tour Most Improved Player. However, Schnyder fell out of the Top 10 in April 1999, and spent the next 6 years ranked in the 15-30 range before re-entering the Top 10 in May 2005. Highlighted in her career are significant wins over World No. 1 players.

Vera Igorevna Zvonareva players list

Vera Igorevna Zvonareva born on September 7, 1984, in Moscow, Russia, is a Russian professional tennis player. She began playing at the age of six and turned professional just before her 16th birthday.

High hopes preceded Zvonareva at the start of her career, but a tendency to be emotional, often breaking down during matches and crying, was seen as the reason why her results fell short of expectations. Her first and only Grand Slam success came with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2003 French Open, beating Venus Williams in the R16.

Overall, Zvonareva owns six career titles, her most recent title at the ECM Prague Open in 2008.

Agnes Szavay players list

Hungarian professional tennis player, Agnes Szavay was born on December 29, 1988 in Kiskunhalas, Hungary. Currently she is the highest ranked Hungarian tennis player.

Agnes Szavay turned professional in 2004. She won her first WTA-level title in 2007 in Palermo. The victory pushed her into the Top 40. After reaching the final of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Szavay followed up with a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open. In Beijing, Szavay reached her second final of the year and defeated Jelena Jankovic to complete her victory.

Considered one of the tours promising young talents, Szavay's favourite surfaces are clay and hard and her best shot is serve.

Agnieszka Radwanska players list

Polish professional tennis player, Agnieszka Roma Radwanska was born March 6, 1989. The fast-rising teenager is considered one of the games promising talents.

In 2007, Radwanska enjoyed some breakthrough results. She became the first Polish woman to win a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles, defeating Vera Dushevina in straight sets in the Nordea Nordic Light Open final. But perhaps her most impressive performance came in the third round of the US Open, when she defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

In 2008, Radwanska became the first Polish woman during the open era to reach a grand slam quarterfinal.

Nicole Vaidisova players list

Czech professional tennis player, Nicole Vaidisova, (born April 23, 1989) began playing tennis when she was six years old. She is another of many students at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

In 2003, Vaidisova made a strong debut on the professional circuit by reaching three consecutive finals. In 2004, she cracked the Top 100. Her debut at a Grand Slam event came the same year at the US Open; she lost in the opening round to defending champion Justine Henin 6-1, 6-1. In 2005, she lifted three titles Seoul, Tokyo [Japan Open] and Bangkok. It was considered her best year. She returned in 2006, to win another title in Strasbourg and reached the semi-final of the French Open.

In 2007, Vaidisova once again reached the semi-final of Grand Slam event, the Australian Open, lost to eventual champion Serena Williams.

Vaidisova is coached by her stepfather, Alex Kodat. Her serve is her biggest weapon. She has an all-court game.

Dinara Safina players list

Born in Moscow, Russia, on April 27, 1986, Dinara Safina is a Russian professional tennis player and younger sister to former World No.1 Marat Safin. Dinara Safina won one Grand Slam title in women's double tennis with her partner Nathalie Dechy.

Dinara Safina began playing tennis at a young age, coached by her mother Rauza Islanova at the Spartak tennis club in Moscow. In 2001, Safina turned professional. In the summer a year later, she broke into the top 100. She also won her first title in Sopot that same year. In 2003, she won her second WTA title in Palermo and reached the fourth round of the US Open. She broke into the top 50. In 2006, she enjoyed her best Grand Slam results with two quarterfinal appearances, the French Open and US Open. Currently she is coached by Glen Schapp. Overall, Safina owns five WTA singles titles.

Shahar Peer players list

Shahar Peer (born May 1, 1987) in Jerusalem, Israel is a professional tennis player. She has been ranked as high as No.15.

Peer started playing tennis when she was six years old, she won her first junior title when she was 12. In 2004, Peer turned professional and a year later she qualified for her first main draw of a Grand Slam event, reaching the third round of both the French Open and the US Open. She ended the year in the top 50.

In 2006, Peer reached the fourth round of the French Open and the fourth round of the US Open. On the heels of her performance, she broke into the Top 20. In 2007, Peer had another, solid year that saw her reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals: the Australian Open and the US Open.

Overall, Peer has lifted three WTA singles titles -- 2006 - Pattaya City, Prague and Istanbul. Peer is a regular fixture in Fed Cup action for Israel.

Francesca Schiavone players list

Italian professional tennis player, Francesca Schiavone was born on June 23, 1980, in Milan, Italy. Schiavone owns just one career WTA singles title, which she lifted in 2007, but she has reached the final in eight tournaments, six of these came in 2005. In 2006, she reached a career-high ranking of No.11. However, the win of her life came in 2008, a quarterfinal victory over Justine Henin in the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open.

Schiavone turned professional in 1998. Her Grand Slam breakthrough came in 2001, when she reached the quarterfinal of the French Open. Her second quarterfinal Grand Slam appearance came two years later, at the US Open. To date, the two final eight runs are her best performances at a Grand Slam event. At Wimbledon, Schiavone has gone as far as the third round (2003) and the Australian Open saw her reach the fourth round in 2006.

WTA Tennis Betting Schedule
WTA Tour Schedule-Winners

(H-hard, RC-red clay, GC-green clay, G-grass, C-carpet)

Jan. 4-10 - Brisbane International, HO (Victoria Azarenka)

Jan. 5-10 - ASB Classic, HO (Elena Dementieva)

Jan. 11-16 - Medibank International, HO (Elena Dementieva)

Jan. 11-16 - Moorilla Hobart International, HO (Petra Kvitova)

Jan. 19-Feb. 1 - Australian Open, HO (Serena Williams)

Feb. 7-8 - Fed Cup first round

Feb. 9-15 - Open Gaz de France SUEZ, HI (Amelie Mauresmo)

Feb. 9-15 - PTT Pattaya Women's Open, HO (Vera Zvonareva)

Feb. 15-21 - Barclays Dubai Championships, HO (Venus Williams)

Feb. 15-21 - Cellular South Cup, HI (Victoria Azarenka)

Feb. 16-22 - Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, RCO (Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez)

Feb. 23-28 - Abierto Mexicano Telcel, RCO (Venus Williams)

March 2-8 - Abierto Monterrey, HO (Marion Bartoli)

March 11-22 - BNP Paribas Open, HO (Vera Zvonareva)

March 25-April 4 - Sony Ericsson Open, HO (Victoria Azarenka)

April 6-12 - MPS Group Championships, GCO (Caroline Wozniacki)

April 6-12 - Andalucia Tennis Experience, RCO (Jelena Jankovic)

April 13-19 - Family Circle Cup, GCO (Sabine Lisicki)

April 13-19 - Barcelona Ladies Open, RCO (Roberta Vinci)

April 20-26 - Fed Cup semifinals

April 27-May 2 - Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, RCO (Anabel Medina Garrigues)

April 27-May 3 - Porsche Grand Prix, RCI (Svetlana Kuznetsova)

May 3-9 - Internazionali BNL d'Italia, RCO (Dinara Safina)

May 4-10 - Estoril Open, RCO (Yanina Wickmayer)

May 9-17 - Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, RCO (Dinara Safina)

May 18-23 - Warsaw Open, RCO (Alexandra Dulgheru)

May 18-23 - Internationaux de Strasbourg, RCO (Aravane Rezai)

May 24-June 7 - Roland Garros, RCO (Svetlana Kuznetsova)

June 8-14 - AEGON Classic, GO (Magdalena Rybarikova)

June 14-20 - Ordina Open, GO (Tamarine Tanasugarn)

June 15-20 - AEGON International, GO (Caroline Wozniacki)

June 22-July 5 - The Championships, GO (Serena Williams)

July 6-11 - Collector Swedish Open Women, RCO (Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez)

July 6-12 - Gaz de France Suez Grand Prix, RCO (Agnes Szavay)

July 13-19 - Internazionali Femminili di Tennis di Palermo, Palermo, Italy, RCO (Flavia Pennetta)

July 13-19 - ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic, RCO (Sybille Bammer)

July 20-26 - Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portoroz, Slovenia, HO (Dinara Safina)

July 20-26 - Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Germany, RCO (Andrea Petkovic)

July 27-Aug. 2 - Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, California, HO

July 27-Aug. 2 - Istanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey, HO

Aug. 3-9 - East West Bank Classic, Los Angeles, HO

Aug. 10-16 - Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, Mason, Ohio, HO

Aug. 17-23 - Rogers Cup, Toronto, HO

Aug. 23-29 - Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, Connecticut, HO

Aug. 31-Sept. 13 - U.S. Open, New York, HO

Sept. 14-20 - Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China, HO

Sept. 14-20 - Bell Challenge, Quebec City, CI

Sept. 21-27 - Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea, HO

Sept. 21-27 - Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, HO

Sept. 27-Oct. 3 - Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, HO

Oct. 3-11 - China Open, Beijing, HO

Oct. 12-18 - Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria, HI

Oct. 12-18 - HP Open, Osaka, Japan, HO

Oct. 19-25 - Kremlin Cup, Moscow, HI

Oct. 19-25 - BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg, HI

Oct. 27-Nov. 1 - Sony Ericsson Championships, Doha, Qatar, HO

Nov. 4-8 - Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, Bali, Indonesia, HI

Nov. 7-8 - Fed Cup final

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