Sunday, August 24, 2003

5 women's favorites



Associated Press tennis writer Howard Fendrich sizes up the top women's contenders (seedings in parentheses).

Kim Clijsters (1)

Country: Belgium

2003 Match Record: 68-10

2003 Singles Titles: 6

Career Hard-Court Titles: 6

Major Titles: None (Best: F)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '02-4th, '01-QF, '00-2nd, '99-3rd, '98-DNP

Noteworthy: Favorite to win first major title, especially with two-time champions Serena and Venus Williams both sidelined by injuries. ... A semifinalist at all three majors.

Justine Henin-Hardenne (2)

Country: Belgium

2003 Match Record: 56-7

2003 Singles Titles: 6

Career Hard-Court Titles: 5

Major Titles: French ('03)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '02-4th, '01-4th, '00-4th, '99-1st, '98-DNP

Noteworthy: U.S. Open has been her worst major. ... Won first Slam in Paris by beating Serena Williams in semifinals, Clijsters in final - ninth woman since 1975 to beat players ranked 1-2 at a major.

Lindsay Davenport (3)

Country: United States.

2003 Match Record: 41-13

2003 Singles Titles: 1

Career Hard-Court Titles: 17

Major Titles: U.S. Open ('98), Australian ('00), Wimbledon ('99)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '02-SF, '01-QF, '00-F, '99-SF, '98-W

Noteworthy: Best surface is hard courts. ... Bothered all summer by left foot.

Jennifer Capriati (6)

Country: United States

2003 Match Record: 35-13

2003 Singles Titles: 1

Career Hard-Court Titles: 7

Major Titles: French ('01), Australian ('01, '02)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '02-QF, '01-SF, '00-4th, '99-4th, '98-1st

Noteworthy: Won her first tournament (Pen Pilot) in 18 months Saturday ... Power makes her contender.

Elena Dementieva (11)

Country: Russia

2003 Match Record: 33-18

2003 Singles Titles: 1

Career Hard-Court Titles: 0

Major Titles: None (Best: SF)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '02-2nd, '01-4th, '00-SF, '99-3rd, '98-DNP

Noteworthy: Has the game to do well at Open but has yet to live up to the promise shown in 2000. ... Pushed Henin-Hardenne to three sets in semifinals in Toronto.




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