Player Profiles

(1) Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki - world number one.
Age: 20
Nationality: Danish
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.77
Odds: 4/1

Arrives in Melbourne as the world number one, but without a Grand Slam title to her name.
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(2) Vera Zvonareva

Zvonareva - two Grand Slam finals in 2010.
Age: 26
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.72
Odds: 11/2

The Russian was one of the success stories of last season, reaching two Grand Slam finals.
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(3) Kim Clijsters

Clijsters - finished 2010 well.
Age: 27
Nationality: Belgian
Became Pro: 1997
Height: 1.74
Odds: 6/5

US Open champion Clijsters starts as the worthy favourite in Melbourne.
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(4) Venus Williams

Williams - yet to win in Melbourne.
Age: 30
Nationality: American
Became Pro: 1994
Height: 1.85

Yet to win the Australian Open, Williams' preparations have been hindered by injury.
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(5) Sam Stosur

Stosur - home hope.
Age: 26
Nationality: Australian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.72

Stosur starts as the home nation's big hope for success in 2011.
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(6) Francesca Schiavone

Schiavone - shock winner in Paris in 2010.
Age: 30
Nationality: Italian
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.66
Odds: 40/1

The French Open champion is likely to find it harder on the faster surface in Melbourne.
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(7) Jelena Jankovic

Jankovic - former world number one.
Age: 25
Nationality: Serbian
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.77

The former world number one does not have a great record at Melbourne Park.
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(8) Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka - former junior champ.
Age: 21
Nationality: Belarusian
Became Pro: 2003
Height: 1.80

Azarenka won the junior title at Melbourne Park back in 2005 and now bids for the senior crown.
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(9) Na Li

Li: Semi-finalist in 2010
Age: 28
Nationality: Chinese
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.72
Odds: 11/2

Li enjoyed her best Grand Slam run last year but faces a tough task to recreate that form.
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(10) Shahar Peer

Peer: Rising up the rankings
Age: 23
Nationality: Israeli
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.70

Peer may not have a great Grand Slam pedigree but comes into the tournament on an upward curve.
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(11) Justine Henin

Henin: Back from injury
Age: 28
Nationality: Belgian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.67

A year after reaching the final on her 2010 return, Henin looks for a comeback of a different sort this year.
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(12) Agnieszka Radwanska

Radwanska: Hopes to fulfil potential
Age: 21
Nationality: Polish
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.72
Odds: 80/1

Radwanska will hope to prove her true credentials after being labelled a future star for some time.
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(13) Nadia Petrova

Petrova: Outside chance
Age: 28
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.78

Petrova has been as high as third in the world rankings, but is unlikely to be tipped for Australian Open glory.
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(14) Maria Sharapova

Sharapova: Good record in Melbourne
Age: 23
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.88

The 2008 champion has not fully recovered from injury troubles but will always be a threat.
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(15) Marion Bartoli

Bartoli: Reached 2007 Wimbledon final
Age: 26
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.70

The former Wimbledon finalist will hope for another giant-killing run at the Australian Open.
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(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Pavluchenkova: Young prospect
Age: 19
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.77

The 19-year-old Russian is hoping for a Grand Slam breakthrough after impressing on the WTA Tour.
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Experts & Blogs

Barry Cowan

Barry Cowan reflects on Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat by Italy

Ultimately it has been a Davis Cup campaign with many positives for Great Britain, but one inescapable truth was again exposed - we rely too much on Andy Murray.

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Davis Cup 2014: Britain will beat Italy if Fabio Fognini is ruled out

Defeating America in the Davis Cup was a real achievement – but overcoming Italy would top it.